In most countries in the Caribbean, there is no legal recognition of transgender people’s affirmed gender identity. Without official documents that recognize their gender identity, transgender people are often denied access to basic rights, including the right to health, education, justice, and social welfare. This often results in exclusion from social and civic participation, harassment and stigmatization, limited access to protection, justice and redress as well as inadequate provision of healthcare services. Transgender people are also more susceptible to violence, including physical and sexual violence.

The United Caribbean Trans Network (UCTRANS) and OutRight Action International (OutRight) created a survey to research the contextual factors that impact trans people in the Caribbean and their ability to affirm their identity and enjoy their basic human rights. Trans persons from the region participated in the survey. The responses collected deliver much needed and more comprehensive data on the experiences and lived realties of transgender and gender diverse people across the Caribbean region in order to inform and advance advocacy goals. UCTRANS and OutRight will launch our findings on International Trans Day Of Visibility .

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