|The hashtag #TravelingWhileTrans has recently shed light on the discrimination and countless anxieties felt when travelling as a trans person, experiences that are tragically commonplace. In the US, 40% of trans travellers have experienced a problem at airport security checkpoints simply due to being trans. Alex Jenny, a trans woman, shares her firsthand experiences among that shocking statistic.
Alex Jenny recalls the intimidating process of ID checks, the panic of a full body scanner which requires a gender assignation, and unsympathetic staff throughout.
|Beyond the airport security line, Jenny outlines concerns over different laws and cultural attitudes regarding gender identity; the risk of using the bathroom you identify with; and the language barriers you face when explaining any of this.
These experiences are far from being limited to the US. Jenny calls for allies to step up all around the globe: accompany trans friends when travelling through security check points, stand up against transphobia and commit to educating others.