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.
When you gotta go, you gotta go. Whether at work, in a restaurant
or passing through a train station, pretty much everyone needs to stop
into a restroom at some point while away from the comforts of home.
But this simple routine is anything but that for many transgender and
gender-nonconforming (TGNC) people.
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.
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