Friday, 25 July 2014

Trans people's (Un)Equal Access to Goods and Service in the EU

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Trans people experience structural discrimination as social and legal realities are constructed around two exclusive notions of gender: male and female. People who are challenging these norms fall between the cracks. Matching ID- documents are a pre-requisite to access goods and services without discrimination. The Goods & Services Directive protects against sex/gender-discrimination in access to remunerated, non-private goods and services. Many goods and services are only accessible if ID-documents are provided, such as opening a bank account, taking a flight, taking a loan, buying insurance etc. Many trans-people experience discrimination when accessing goods and services because their gender identity does not match the name/ gender marker on their ID-documents. A common reaction is to suspect trans people to use falsified documents, which prompt further scrutinizing questions. More often these situations prompt the trans-person to come out as transgender, which leaves them vulnerable to discrimination and often at mercy of their counterparts about accessing the respective service. 

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Source / Full Text: TGEU: Trans people's (Un)Equal Access to Goods and Service in the EU


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