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File #: 120241    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 3/22/2012 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 3/22/2012
Title: Calling on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to cease the use of gender identification stickers on transportation passes.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember O'Brien, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Goode, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Kenney, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Tasco, Councilmember Green
Attachments: 1. Signature12024100.pdf
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Title
Calling on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to cease the use of gender identification stickers on transportation passes.
Body
WHEREAS, Since the 1970s, SEPTA has placed gender stickers on its weekly and monthly passes to reduce swapping between males and females; and
 
WHEREAS, SEPTA will stop utilizing the gender stickers once the new fare collection system is installed over the next several years; and
 
WHEREAS, SEPTA sells weekly and monthly transit passes to passengers. Each passenger must choose either a “male” or “female” pass, marked by gender stickers; and
 
WHEREAS, The policy exists to save money for SEPTA, since it makes pass sharing, a type of fraud, more difficult; and
 
WHEREAS, Gender stickers were made and used to reduce the amount of passengers sharing a transpass; and
 
WHEREAS, SEPTA also issues gender-specific reduced-fare cards for seniors and the disabled; and
 
WHEREAS, SEPTA employees used the gender specific stickers to determine whether or not a specific passenger has the right to use that particular pass based on their physical appearance; and
 
WHEREAS, Transgender people are those whose psychological self ("gender identity") differs from the social expectations for the physical sex they were born with; and
 
WHEREAS, Transgender passengers wrongly identified by SEPTA employees are subject to pay an extra fare, have their weekly transpass confiscated and/or are subject to humiliation and harassment by employees and other passengers; and
 
WHEREAS, Such actions by SEPTA and its employees is a form of discrimination against transgender people; now, therefore, be it
 
RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, That we hereby call on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to cease the use of gender identification stickers on transportation passes.
 
 
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