legal gender identity recognition of trans citizens in the caribbean

Legal gender recognition is the official recognition of a transgender person’s gender identity, including gender marker(s) and name(s), in public registries and key documents. Amending a gender marker or name may involve an administrative or legal process, and the changes made are legally recognized. The deficiency in legal gender recognition legislation and policy across the Caribbean exposes
transgender and gender diverse people to criminalization, abuse and humiliation. It also limits the
freedom of transgender and gender diverse people to participate fully in society. This problem is
highlighted when transgender and gender diverse persons are required to explain intimate details
of their lives and identity to strangers in order to access routine services or are denied access to
education, healthcare, employment, and housing because they lack the ‘proper identification’.

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