Get Rid of SEPTA’s Discriminatory M/F Sticker!
  • Petitioned Joe Casey

This petition was delivered to:

General Manager, SEPTA
Joe Casey
Chairperson, Philadelphia Commission on Community Relations
Kay Kyungsun Yu
Chairperson, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission
Stephen A. Glassman

Get Rid of SEPTA’s Discriminatory M/F Sticker!

    1. Tom Basgil Jr.
    2. Petition by

      Tom Basgil Jr.

      Brooklyn, NY

 

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) requires their monthly transit passes to be marked with a sticker: “F” for female passengers or “M” for male passengers. In theory, these stickers prevent people from sharing their passes with their friends or family. In practice, they are discriminatory.

Transit drivers have to determine the gender of the passenger before allowing them to board. This has resulted in a lot of confusion as passengers are interrogated about their gender presentation in front of a busload of commuters. Failure to look like the gender marked on your card can bar you from riding. In the recession, this means that transgender and gender non-conforming people can be paying twice as much to ride public transportation.

No other major metropolitan areas in the US use gender markers on their monthly passes. SEPTA’s Citizen Advisory Committee unanimously voted to remove the stickers. Equality Advocates Pennsylvania, a statewide LGBT group, has filed a complaint with the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission to no avail. SEPTA’s management seems to be ignoring this important issue.

Tell the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority that gender-identity discrimination is hurtful. Public transportation is for everyone, regardless of your gender presentation.

Photo Credit: Buswizard

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. SEPTA to change policy in 2013

      Tom Basgil Jr.
      Petition Organizer

      Riders Against Gender Exclusion reports that SEPTA plans to remove gender stickers on transit passes in 2013. Community approval is a given, but SEPTA's board still would need to approve the changes.

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures
    3. Is 4,000+ signatures enough for SEPTA?

      Tom Basgil Jr.
      Petition Organizer

      RAGE, a group fighting the discriminatory sticker policy on the ground, has gathered 1,500 additional signatures (some of which are surely doubled here at Change.org).

      How many people have to complain to SEPTA before they stop their discrimination?

    4. SEPTA's Youth Advisory Council Votes to Remove Stickers

      Tom Basgil Jr.
      Petition Organizer

      SEPTA's Youth Advisory Council (YAC) voted to remove the gender stickers due to "documented instances" of discrimination against transgender riders.

      Thanks to YAC Councilmember Matthew Zaccagni for the tip off.

    5. Reached 2 signatures
    6. Tom Basgil Jr.
      Petition Organizer

      20 more signatures til 2,500!!!

    7. PA Transit Company Doesn’t Think Outing Transgender Riders is a Big Deal

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      William Penn wanted Philadelphia to be a mecca for tolerance. The city’s name even translates to “brotherly love.” The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) has decided that this love shouldn’t extend to gender non-conforming...

    8. Reached 2 signatures
    9. Tom Basgil Jr.
      Petition Organizer

      Almost to 2,000 - keep those signatures coming!

    10. Tom Basgil Jr.
      Petition Organizer

      SEPTA confirms that there HAVE been 3 complaints this year.

    11. Tom Basgil Jr.
      Petition Organizer

      Spoke with SEPTA spokesperson a few minutes ago - will be following up with more questions tomorrow. SEPTA says they haven't received any recent complaints from transgender or gender non-conforming riders concerning the M/F stickers on monthly passes.

      Does that mean that the policy shouldn't be changed in order to protect passengers? (Especially if SEPTA is not even sure the policy saves them money.)

    12. Reached 1 signatures
    13. Tom Basgil Jr.
      Petition Organizer

      Changed signature goal to 2,500 in hope of getting SEPTA to pay attention. Will be calling SEPTA spokespeople soon. Let's see what they say!

    14. Reached 1 signatures
    15. SEPTA Forces Drivers to Guess Your Gender

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Women: Keep that hair long. Men: Grow a beard. Passengers using public transportation in southeastern Pennsylvania who don't look like their respective genders can be booted from the bus
      Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) requires...

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    Reasons for signing

    • Marla Pineda-Aguirre TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      That hurts. Transgender and gender non-conforming people don't have the right to be kicked out of the bus.

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    • Joan George ANDERSON, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      Get Rid of SEPTA’s Discriminatory M/F Sticker!

      I am writing to you to express my concern over Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority’s policy that requires a gender identification sticker on monthly passes. These stickers discriminate against transgender and gender non-conforming passengers and need to be removed.

      No other major city in the United States requires passengers to identify their gender on their monthly, non-commuter transit passes. SEPTA workers should not have to determine someone’s gender when a passenger boards a SEPTA vehicle. Philadelphia, where much of SEPTA’s business occurs, prohibits gender identity discrimination. SEPTA’s practice of labeling its passengers’ gender is unfair, potentially requiring passengers to identify their gender identity in public. This can be devastating to transgender and gender non-conforming people who are not out to their employers, friends or family.

      SEPTA's Citizen Advisory Committee unanimously agreed that the stickers should be removed from transpasses and trailpasses. An official complaint has already been filed with the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission regarding this unfair policy.

      Not only is this policy humiliating to transgender and gender non-conforming passengers, but it can be dangerous. No one wants to worry about discrimination on their way to work. Please remove this policy for the safety of all transit riders.

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    • G. R. Gray STOCKTON, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Tell the Calif gov. that marrying a lesbian is antithetical to gay marriage rights

      https://www.change.org/petitions/outing-california-gov-jerry-brown-1st-lady-annie-gust

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    • Sunny Wu PLEASANTON, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Hey, if they are going to include stickers, they should also have a sticker for transgender individuals or queer individuals.

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    • Shawn Stogner SAINT MARYS, GA
      • almost 3 years ago

      uh..its illegal to ask someone what sex they are. Or so I thought . Thought it was in the constitution that there could not be discrimination based on color,sex and so on. Sounds like discrimination based on sex to me. Perhaps that should be checked out.

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