Mastercard announced today it will begin allowing transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals to use their chosen name on debit and credit cards.

The True Name card will allow customers to use their preferred name on the front of their card without requiring a legal name change or additional proof of identity.

“Identity is an integral aspect of our selves, and our true names should be celebrated and valued,” said Randall Tucker, Chief Inclusion Officer at Mastercard. “Knowing that something as simple as having the name that you identify with on a card can be such an emotional journey, we want to make it easier for each card to reflect the cardholder. Our vision is that every card should be for everyone.”

Nearly one-third of people whose IDs list names or genders that do not match their gender identity report having negative experiences, including denial of service and harassment. Such discrimination has carried through to credit cards and payment mechanisms.

“For many in the LGBTQIA+ community, the name on their credit, debit or prepaid card does not reflect their true identity,” the company said in a statement.” As a result, for the transgender and non-binary community, the card in their pocket can serve as a source of sensitivity, misrepresenting their true identity when shopping and going about daily life.”

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Mastercard now allowing Transgender customers to use their chosen name on credit, debit card by Daniel Avery

June 17th, 2019