GOP sweep height­ens anx­i­ety for many trans­gen­der Amer­i­cans

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

Anx­i­ety is high among many trans­gen­der Amer­i­cans af­ter the sweep­ing Repub­li­can elec­tion vic­tory. They fear stronger re­sis­tance to their push for civil-rights pro­tec­tions, in­clud­ing broader ac­cess to pub­lic re­strooms, and won­der if their newly won right to serve openly in the mil­i­tary is in jeop­ardy.

Trans­gen­der peo­ple “are con­cerned for their safety, sur­vival and le­gal rights in the com­ing years,” said Chase Stran­gio, an at­tor­ney with the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union who of­ten works on trans­gen­der is­sues.

Mara Keis­ling, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Cen­ter for Trans­gen­der Equal­ity, was cau­tiously op­ti­mistic that the mil­i­tary’s new pol­icy would sur­vive.

More broadly, trans­gen­der-rights ad­vo­cates have been deal­ing with an out­pour­ing of dis­may and ap­pre­hen­sion in their com­mu­nity.

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