20 April 2016

Transgender Politics

For the week of April 24, 2016

We discuss transgender and gender non-conforming rights and the rise of “bathroom bills” in the US with Aren Aizura, Assistant Professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at University of Minnesota.

  • Part 1

    Part 1
    (1:18) How “bathroom bills” like the law in North Carolina and the proposed bill in Minnesota affect the transgender community; (6:05) The increase visibility of transgender people in the media; (7:57) The reasons we are seeing so many “bathroom bills” right now; (10:32) Changing terminology for trans and gender non-conforming individuals
  • Part 2

    Part 2
    (:25) The perception of the US as an LGBT-friendly nation; (1:35) Immigration and asylum claims for trans people; (3:19) Access to healthcare for trans people in the US; (5:22) Proper travel documents for trans people; (7:01) Protections against discrimination vary among states; (7:45) How Thailand became a leader in gender-reassignment surgery; (10:48) Why there is fear surrounding trans people and the bathroom issue; (11:54) Two recommended resources: The Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition and The Sylvia Rivera Law Project