Transgender/Gender Non-conforming Guests
SFO’s mission: To provide an exceptional airport in service to our communities.
SFO is committed to raise awareness and expand efforts to be a safe, inclusive and diverse place for all guests, employees, and travelers, SFO, at least twice a year, lights the front of the International Terminal and the Air Traffic Control Tower in transgender flag colors of blue, pink, and white. SFO lights up the buildings for the Transgender march during Pride in June and then again for several days in November; which has been designated as Transgender Awareness Month.
Additionally, SFO provides all passengers, regardless of gender identity, access to single-stall restroom facilities throughout the terminals as well as an ‘All Gender’ restroom in Harvey Milk Terminal 1- B Gates.
Single-stall restrooms, 15 to date, are clearly marked with signage defining ‘All people and families may use this restroom’ with interior locks and occupancy indicators for privacy.
We’re pleased to provide our transgender and gender non-conforming guests with the following list of resources to help navigate through the airport, security, and immigrations procedures.
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U.S. Department of State
Transportation Security Administration
- Transgender Passenger Information
- TSA Cares - call 72 hours prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint
- File a complaint with TSA's Office of Civil Rights and Liberties
Customs & Boarder Protection
San Francisco Police Department (SFPD)
- San Francisco Office of Transgender Initiatives
- California Department of Motor Vehicles change of gender category
- National Center for Transgender Equality
- The Transgender Law Center
- International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association
In California, The “Gender Recognition Act” went into law on September 1, 2018, adding the state to a growing list of states and municipalities offering non-binary gender as an option to birth certificates and state documents like driver’s licenses. In October 2018, London Breed, Mayor of San Francisco, issued a directive to update all city forms to include a non-binary option.
San Francisco and California are following the lead set by many countries around the world that offer a third gender marker on their passports. Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Malta, New Zealand and Pakistan all offer an ‘X’ category, while India, Ireland and Nepal provide various non-binary options.
Updated November 20, 2019