1. “Imagine what it feels like to have your identity denied, and to have somebody else assign you an inaccurate one.”
2. A short film, released by the Open Society Foundation, visualizes the obstacles many transgender people face every day.
3. The film explains that many trans people around the globe are unable to obtain proper official documents that reflect their personal identity.
4. And without these properly labeled documents…
5. … it’s increasingly difficult to do basic things like enroll in school, get a job, see a doctor, or vote.
6. Trans people around the world who can access legal gender recognition, typically face huge hurdles in order to do so.
7. “Too many countries force trans people to jump through demoralizing, unnecessary, or even impossible hoops to legally change their gender,” states program officer David Scarnell.
8. As the film puts it, “It’s impossible to condense the complex notion of identity into a single, unchangeable M or F.”
9. In conjunction with the short, a global guide on gender recognition laws was also released today.
License to Be Yourself documents the best and worst laws, policies and court decisions around the world. The report features case studies from Argentina, Australia, Hong Kong, Kenya, Ukraine, and the United States