Affirming trans lives through policy and action

San Francisco

Learning more about our LGBTQ employees

On June 22, we partnered with Mayor London Breed and District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman to introduce legislation to the Board of Supervisors to collect voluntary and anonymous demographics on sexual orientation and gender identity from City employees and applicants. This legislation is critical to support San Francisco’s efforts to advance LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion in the workplace.

Respecting gender identity in the criminal justice system

On June 30, District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced a new trans-affirming name and pronoun policy. Our office is proud to have consulted on this policy, which directs all DA staff to honor the correct pronouns, names, and titles of trans and nonbinary crime victims, witnesses, and all others who encounter the criminal justice system.

Banning City contracting and travel to states that pass anti-LGBTQ legislation

Our office works closely with the City Administrator’s Office to track and report states that pass anti-LGBTQ legislation, as part of Chapter 12X of the Administrative Code. The ordinance prohibits City-funded travel and City contracts with states that pass such discriminatory laws.


A number of trans-affirming bills have recently passed or are making their way through the California state legislature. These include:

  • Making all references to government officer titles gender neutral (AB 378)
  • Honoring the correct names of trans and nonbinary public university students on their diplomas and records (AB 245)
  • Updating marriage certificates and children’s birth certificates to reflect legal name and gender (AB 218)


Right to restroom use

Gavin Grimm, wearing a trans pride flag cape and a T-shirt reading “No Body Is Illegal”, speaks on stage at the 2018 Trans March San Francisco. Photo by Pax Ahimsa Gethen, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Passport to gender acceptance

On June 30, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced in a statement that passport applicants can now self-select their genders without requiring medical certification. While this selection is currently limited to “M” and “F”, the State Department has also begun the process of introducing nonbinary gender markers.

The White House and trans equality

The journey to trans equality in the U.S. has been a long, continuing struggle. The previous federal administration brought setbacks, including a ban on trans people serving in the military. The current administration overturned this ban, and has been openly supportive of trans and LGBQ rights.

The Equality Act

Square graphic with pride flag colors and text: “Let’s show up for Pride this year: Pass the Equality Act now.”



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San Francisco Office of Transgender Initiatives

San Francisco Office of Transgender Initiatives

OTI works with community and the City and County of San Francisco to advance equity for transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming people.