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Aired Nov 18, 2021

Gender-Inclusive ID Documents

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ+ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each week we’ll offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion.

We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, November 11. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here! We were joined by Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen and Sybastian Smith from the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Have feedback about how your conversation went? Let us know by e-mailing [email protected].

Article: State Department issues first gender-neutral United States passport

Source: Metro Weekly

Author: John Riley

Questions for Discussion:

  1. The article notes that one poll showed only 11% of transgender respondents had all of their identity documents that accurately reflect who they are. Prior to this article, were you aware of the issue? Can you name some of the places in which having no-match documents could cause challenges and/or discrimination? How do you think you would feel and respond if this were the case for you? 

  2. Why do you think that making this change took such a long time? Do you think it is because people don’t understand the issue? Is it primarily politically-driven resistance? Or is it something else entirely?

  3. Saturday, November 20 is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. In 2021, there have been at least 44 transgender or gender non-conforming people murdered by violent means including, most recently, a beloved member of the PFLAG Tampa family. What are some of the ways that allies can use this commemoration to educate others? What are some of the ways that this day is commemorated? Do you plan to attend any events in your community, and why?

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