Since 2008, the Obama administration has passed executive orders and legislation to protect transgender individuals. Among them: preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the public sector, directing public schools to allow trans students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, lifting the ban on transgender people serving openly in the U.S. military and, with the help of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, easing the process to change one's name and gender marker on identity documents – among so much more.
Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump promised to reverse President Barack Obama's executive orders, while his vice president-elect Mike Pence, who has voted against marriage equality and for conversion therapy, is considered one of the most anti-LGBTQ politicians of our time.
It’s no surprise, then, that trans people are scared of life under a Trump presidency, fearful that the president-elect may cancel much of the protections the Obama administration has put forth.
Here are some steps trans individuals can take now to change identity documents before January 20, when Trump gets a hold of the White House.
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