Can you imagine having to fear physical violence just for showing someone your driver’s license? This type of fear is common for Stephanie, a transgender1 woman living and working in Kansas.
Stephanie went to the Department of Health and Environment’s Office of Vital Statistics to update her birth certificate to reflect the gender she identifies with. Stephanie was born a man, but now lives her life every day as the woman she has long known herself to be. Because Stephanie lives as a woman, when she presents documentation that shows the opposite gender, she is open to discrimination – discrimination she is not protected from because she lives in the state of Kansas. Something as simple as show her ID often causes Stephanie tremendous fear and anxiety because her documentation still lists her as male.
This is the type of fear that made changing her driver’s license so vital to Stephanie. However, her request to change the gender listed on her birth certificate was denied by the deputy at the Department of Health and Environment, not once, but twice, keeping her safety and well-being in jeopardy.
Kansas is just one of 31 states where LGBT2 citizens can be fired from their jobs, evicted from their homes, or even denied services like medical treatment because of who they are or who they love.
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Can be fired or denied a promotion
Can be evicted from their homes or denied housing
Can be denied service at public establishments, denied medical treatment, or even kicked out of restaurants or businesses
Kansas’s total population
Total LGBT population
Of LGBT population raising children