Our Regional Advocacy Strategy Pathway for Legal Gender Recognition.

This regional advocacy strategy focuses on the development of a framework for trans-affirming laws and
policies that promote full inclusion and equal opportunity for transgender people in the Caribbean. The
specific objective of this advocacy strategy is to in the next five years is to have Governments commit and take
steps to enact laws and implement policies that allows for legal gender recognition and which promote the full
inclusion of trans people as equal citizens. These laws and/or policies should provide for (a) legal gender
markers that allow a trans person to indicate a preferred gender of Male or Female; and/or (b) addition of a
‘third gender’ or a gender-neutral or non-binary option. This strategy is developed to allow for coordinated
advocacy efforts geared at securing legal gender recognition in the UCTRANS member countries.
Regional Context
Trans people in the Caribbean are adversely affected by the absence of legal gender recognition. There is little
evidence of any legislative or policy framework that allows for legal gender recognition in the Caribbean. In
UCTRANS member countries, trans persons are largely unable to change their gender markers on identifying
documents, such as drivers licenses, birth certificates and passports. This inability to change gender markers
makes it increasingly difficult for trans people to access certain services, secure employment, attend school,
and conduct everyday business transactions, such as opening bank accounts. There are no laws that recognize
a third gender. National measurement tools such as census, demographic and health surveys do not recognize
or capture data relating to the gender identity of trans people. The inability of trans people to legally change
their gender markers contributes to the isolation and invisibilization of trans persons in the region.

Our Strategic Approach and Core Activities
The regional advocacy strategy grew out of a recognition that for trans people in the region to live their lives
with dignity, they need to be legally recognized in accordance with their own deeply felt internal and
individual experience of gender. Legal gender recognition will help to alleviate some of the associated
challenges trans people in the Caribbean have in going about their daily lives. UCTRANS will:

  1. Advocate: Engage in advocacy for legal gender recognition by
    a) Mapping and engaging key stakeholders
    b) Identifying opponents and developing a plan on how to respond /engage with opponents
    c) Managing risk and uncertainties
    d) Conducting monitoring and evaluation;
  2. Connect: Connect stakeholders in the trans communities across the region;
  3. Research: Conduct and disseminate research on issues affecting trans people in the region, provide
    updates on key legal developments and best practices on legal gender recognition, and support legal
    UCTRANS/Each member country to advise what is the preferred period/time frame for each member country

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