The consequences of halting gender affirming surgeries could be deadly for a marginalized community that already faces high fatality rates from transphobic violence, substance abuse, and suicide tied to the mental health impacts of gender dysphoria.
I was the first openly transgender student at my high school and successfully secured the rights for transgender students to use the bathroom of their gender identity, room with students of the same gender identity for overnight field trips, and to change their name in the school’s attendance system to reflect their preferred name and gender marker.
Scotland is considered one of the most progressive countries in Europe…Scotland, and by default Glasgow, has not always been LGBT+ forward. Queer visibility and acceptance is a relatively recent development in the social and legal landscape. Queer identities were previously socially stigmatized and there were possible legal repercussions including jail time for homosexual acts – both in public and in private.
Ozaawindib’s story reveals important historical realities of queer, trans, and/or Two-Spirit experiences in North America, especially relating to the process of colonization and the erasure of people who did not conform to the accepted dominant standards of gender and sexuality.