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I Am Who I Am and I Deserve an ID to Match


  • Case study
  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • Via Erica Aries (ACLU)
  • 25 June 2021

How having an ID with an inaccurate gender marker can exacerbate discrimination for transgender people

In this first-person article, Erica, a trans woman, explains how having an ID card that doesn’t match her gender identity has made her more vulnerable to prejudice, and in one case cost her a job.

"At the time, my birth certificate read “M” for gender. After my new employers saw it, they found reasons to question my work and fired me. I haven’t been able to find the same kind of steady job since."

Erica argues that people should be able to have whatever gender marker on their ID that they feel comfortable with, whether this be female, male, or X, for people who don’t fall into either category.

One way to make a meaningful difference in the lives of trans and nonbinary people is to give us identification that reflects who we are

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