Nearly one in six transgender Americans has been to prison—and
nearly half of all black transgender people.
Once behind bars,
discriminatory policies and the constant threat of sexual assault can
make prison a living hell for this already mistreated group.
Ambulance workers jeered at and refused to treat Tyra Hunter, a transgender
woman seriously injured in a car accident outside Washington, DC who later
died from her wounds. The same kind of hate-fueled medical negligence killed
Robert Eads, a transgender man with ovarian cancer whom 20 separate doctors
wouldn’t treat; one said the diagnosis should make Eads “deal with the fact that
he is not a real man.”
It may seem obvious that the government has no business weighing in on
your gender when it comes to whom you marry. Yet LGBT people continue
to endure interference at the state and federal levels when it comes to respect
for their relationships.
Violence is a plague in the lives of many transgender and gender-nonconforming
(TGNC) people, with hate-motivated beatings and murders very common,
often involving extra cruelty. According to the National Coalition of
Anti-Violence Programs, 44% of reported hate murders in 2010 were
committed against transgender women.
Carrying identification that reflects your genuine, real-world self is basic—
whether you’re transgender or not. Th at’s what ID’s are for. So imagine if every
time you tried to travel, open a bank account or start a new job, someone harassed
you about your ID. Is it fake? Are you pretending to be someone you’re not?
It’s not easy getting older, but transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC)
people have especially good reasons to know their legal rights as they enter their
Golden Years. The discrimination and violations of physical privacy that plague most
TGNC people when they are younger become more and more likely, especially with
increased reliance on the health care system
Transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) youth face
serious legal obstacles, and many endure discrimination and
violence on a daily basis, whether in school, health care or the
criminal justice system.
Thousands of children around the United States have parents who
are transgender, an umbrella term used to describe people whose gender
identity—one’s inner sense of being male or female—differs from the
sex assigned or presumed at birth.
Getting and keeping a regular job is out of reach for many transgender
and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) people, and sometimes steady
employment is no better: Whether accused of using the “wrong”
bathroom, harassed for not matching one gender stereotype or another,
or being the only one in the offi ce turned down for medically necessarily
health care, TGNC employees often endure humiliating treatment and
unfair policies every day of the week.
The kinds of health care associated with gender transition have too
often been misunderstood as cosmetic, experimental or simply unnecessary.
Yet there is medical consensus that hormone therapy and sex reassignment
surgery (SRS) are medically necessary for many transgender
people. It’s quite clear now that a person’s gender identity—one’s inner
sense of being male or female—is deep-seated and cannot be changed,
and therefore that this transition-related health care can be crucial.