Audrey Mbugua speaks about her life as a transgender woman in Kenya at the Oslo Freedom Forum 2019 on May 29, 2019 in Oslo, Norway. Julia Reinhart/Getty Images Advertisement The idea that gender is distinct from one’s biological sex, and manifests in more ways than just either male or female, has gained greater acceptance over the last 10 years. For example, people in 11 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. can now choose a nonbinary* gender marker on their identification documents (usually indicated by an “X” rather than designating “male” or “female.”) And in 2015, the U.S. Transgender Survey conducted the largest ever survey of transgender people – those whose gender identity does not match the sex they were assigned at birth — and found that a third of respondents were nonbinary — not identifying with either sex. The survey also found that 60 percent of transgender people who were out to their immediate families said family members were supportive, but daily life was still grim. Transgender people continued to face serious barriers to basic health care and education, and regularly experienced physical violence and harassment. Some 40 percent of survey respondents had attempted suicide, nearly nine times the national average…. Read full this story
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