Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS)

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Winter 2004


The problem of who I legally am in the world I live in has been vexatious throughout my adult life. Like other transsexual people worldwide, I face an inadequate legal framework in which to exist. Some of us live within states and nations that recognise the difficulties and attempt to provide a route way through the morass of problems that arise; others barely, if not at all, even acknowledge our being. We are simply 'not' within a world that only permits two sexes, only allows two forms of gender role, identity or expression. Always falling outside of the 'norm,' our lives become less, our humanity is questioned, and our oppression is legitimised.


This article was originally published in CLAGSNews, vol. 14, no. 1.



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