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Transgender Rights in 2018 As of March 2018, 25 states require surgery as a prerequisite to change one’s gender marker on birth certificates. Those states are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachu- setts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Caroli- na, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia. The remaining states either change the birth certificate without proof of surgery or will not change the birth certificate at all. As of June 2018, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, 19 jurisdictions (18 states plus Washington, D.C.) had adopted laws prohibiting discrimination against transgender individuals in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Organizations, such as transequality.org, list rights that transgender people can review and help them during times of oppression, but the stark reality is, human rights on paper don’t always equate to fair treatment real life. In acts of bigotry and hate, human rights aren’t given a second thought by the assaillant. Everyday situations are often a cause for panic and anxiety in transgender individuals. For example, using the bathroom of the gender with which you identify, getting health insurance, showing our driver’s license in a bar, having a conversation about our humor- ous childhood antics, all of it can be triggering. How will this person react? Are they in a safe space to speak freely and without judgement? Every interaction can be a challenge. As parents, we shape our children’s view of the world, we teach them how to treat both others and themselves, and we show them what it means to be loved unconditionally. We welcome them into the world and we promise to always be there to support them. Those words do not come with an asterisk; if our kids don’t ascribe to the gender roles we’ve constructed for them, that’s not their fault. The problem is expecting our children to conform to gender roles in the first place. If Leelah’s death has shown us anything, it is that we have one choice to make. Either we can accept our children for who their beautiful souls truly are, or we can be stuck in our ways and face the harsh reality that we may never get a second chance to say we’re sorry. “Fix society, please.” -Leelah Alcorn Resources For Parents Books The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Fami- lies and Professionals by Stephanie A. Brill and Rachel Pepper Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us by Kate Bornstein This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids: A Question & Answer Guide to Everyday Life Paperback by Dannielle Owens-Reid Always My Child: A Parent’s Guide to Under- standing Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans- gendered, or Questioning Son or Daughter by Kevin Jennings (NOTE: Transgender, not Transgendered. One is a Noun and one is a verb/action. Transgen- der people exist. There is no action needed to make them exist and no choice to initiate an action to exist.) Websites www.PFLAG.ORG https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-con- tent/uploads/AFSP-Williams-Suicide-Re- port-Final.pdf https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/ PMC5905855/ Meanings LGBTQQIP2SAA+ = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Pansexual, Two-Spirit, Agender, Asexual Podcast Gender Rebels postcast Facebook Non-Binary Gender Pride Article Notes: What is Conversion Therapy The National Association for Research & Therapy of Homo- sexuality (NARTH), also known as the NARTH Institute, is a US organization that promotes conversion therapy, a harmful and pseudoscientific practice used in attempts to change or reduce the sexual orientation of people with same-sex attraction. NARTH was founded in 1992 by Joseph Nicolosi, Benjamin Kaufman, and Charles Socarides. Its headquarters are in Encino, California, at its Thomas Aquinas Psychologi- cal Clinic. It has operated under the name Alliance for Thera- peutic Choice and Scientific Integrity (ATCSI) since 2014. The Big Definitions: You may see some phrases such as AMAB, DMAB, AFAB, DFAB. These stand for Assigned Male at Birth, Designated Male at Birth, etc. They recognize that one of the two binary sexes is typically established for a person based on a cursory and unscientific judgement of a physician. Intersex people have sex characteristics of both sexes and there is “length” test given to the penile appendage. If it exceeds a certain length, the person used to be designated male. Shorter, then they were designated female. Doctors used to mutliate/cos- metically modify a person to meet the category they chose for the person. This forced selection of gender results in problems later in life for many Intersex people. Sex and Gender are not the same thing. Cisgender - someone that identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth. (contrary to what some have said, this is not derogatory. Cis is a Latin word meaning “On this side of ”, or “Same”. Trans is a latin word meaning “on the other side of ” or “Opposite”. Cisgender basically means a person is not Transgender.) Cis/Het - someone that is both Cisgender and Heterosexual. Transgender - someone that does not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth. Binary Transgender - someone that identifies as the gender opposite the one they were assigned at birth Non-Binary - someone that does not fully identify with the gender they were assigned at birth. This generally includes people that are Genderfluid, Trans-feminine, Trans-mascu- line, Agender, Pangender, Genderqueer and others. RAISEVEGAN.COM Raise Vegan 41