There are many reasons that an individual may want to update their name in this way. For example, having a previous name listed on journal articles can cause significant problems for trans researchers. The requirement to list past publications on a résumé or grant application effectively forces disclosure of their trans identity and can lead to trauma, harassment, or discrimination.
The fact of the matter is, if these policies become the law of the land, they would only work to increase the kind of social isolation and stigma that contributes to suicide risk.
Sadly, Alabama is not alone. More than 75 anti-transgender bills are being considered across a majority of states, in an effort seemingly designed to exclude transgender people from every facet of public life.
The Trevor Project, which aims to end suicide among LGBTQ youth, constantly hears from transgender and nonbinary youth in crisis, who emphasize the harms of discrimination and rejection. Over the last year, Trevor’s crisis counselors have supported over 2,300 crisis contacts in Alabama. As troubling as that is, that’s less than 9% of the number of Alabama’s LGBTQ youth who we estimate to be in crisis and could benefit from our services.
I have some things to work through. I’ll try to continue to post something each day if at all possible.
As of this March, 82 pieces of anti-transgender legislation have been introduced at the state level in 2021. Already surpassing the 2020 total of 79, this marks the highest number of anti-trans bills introduced in history. In the majority of the states where this legislation is proposed, there are no trans folks in political positions. There is a direct correlation between anti-trans bills and a lack of representation.
According to the Human Rights Campaign these bills are not supported by major companies and youth athletes, “Earlier this month, more than 55 major U.S. corporations stood up and spoke out to oppose anti-transgender legislation being proposed in states across the country…Nearly 550 college athletes have stood up to anti-transgender legislation by demanding the NCAA pull championships from states with anti-trans sports legislation.”. But the bills are being introduced anyway.
Today started out better but then I over did it and now I’m fighting to stay awake 😛
I’m doing a little better today, still not back to 100% but at least it doesn’t feel as if someone is trying to rip my jaw off. I would like to feel a little more stable when I try to walk though…
Been dealing with some issues today, mainly an earache along with pressure and pain through my jaw. I know it’s my sinuses and I have some medicine for it but it’s making it difficult to concentrate so this will be the only post for tonight.
Texas mom Amber Briggle said moving would be hard for her family, but “my son always comes first.”
George and Emily Spurrier are leaving their home of 16 years in central Arkansas due to a new law that will ban the health care that they say their 17-year-old transgender son needs.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, vetoed the measure earlier this month, calling it “a vast government overreach.” But the Arkansas General Assembly overrode the veto, and the bill will become law this summer.
Emily Spurrier said when her son heard the news, he sat in her car and cried for an hour.