Friday, August 08, 2008

To Be Who I Am

To Be Who I Am is a new report from New Zealand Human Rights Commission on trans* discrimination.

'In 2006 the New Zealand Human Rights Commission launched the first-ever inquiry by a national human rights institution into discrimination experienced by transgender people.The Inquiry looked at three key areas: personal experiences of discrimination; difficulties accessing health services; and the barriers transgender people face when trying to have their gender status legally recognised on documents like birth certificates and passports. Over the course of 18 months the Inquiry met with over 200 transgender people, from teenagers to people in their seventies. Four out of five submissions to the Inquiry described examples of serious discrimination, ranging from harassment at work to assault and sexual abuse.'

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