Seven Things to Do When #TravelingWhileTrans

Author: , November 30th, 2015


The recent tale of a transgender woman humiliated, demeaned, detained, delayed, and derailed by the Transportation Security Administration has struck fear into some trans travelers and validated the paranoia of others who vow not to travel (or avoid airports) so as to avoid a horror story of their own.

Well, as a trans woman who’s traveled the country by nearly every means available, I have something important to tell you: whatever happens, you’ll survive.

But I know from my own experience that bad things happen at the airport screening area all the time, ranging from the simply annoying to downright soul-crushing, as in the case of Shadi Petosky. Her friends and supporters created a hashtag on social media to help others share their experiences: #TravelingWhileTrans.

And let’s face it, airport insecurity is hardly a new phenomenon.

By Dawn Ennis – Full Story at The Advocate

Trans Travelers: Don’t Lose Your Wanderlust

Author: , October 18th, 2015

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Two years ago I drove across the United States with one of my closest friends — also a trans man — and as we crossed state lines we played the game “Now You Have Rights, Now You Don’t.”

After visiting 45 states and four European countries, and traveling almost monthly throughout the Northwest for my job at Pride Foundation, I’ve gotten used to the complications of #TravelingWhileTrans — though I still love to travel. Seeing the world, even visiting the next town over, can be an adventure, but it’s often stressful for transgender or gender-nonconforming people.

Just showing an ID to rent a hotel room, take a flight, board a train, or get on a cruise ship can out a transgender or gender-nonconforming person. This can lead to some terrible experiences — 53 percent of trans travelers reported being verbally harassed in a place of public accommodation, including hotels, restaurants, buses, airports, and government agencies, according to the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey.

By Gunner Scott – Full Story at The Advocate

Traveling While Trans

Author: , March 7th, 2015

Leslie-McMurrayThis past weekend we loaded up the car for a trip to Phoenix. My girlfriend, Katie, and I were off to visit my daughter. We decided to drive the 1,100-plus miles instead of flying because it is a heck of a lot cheaper. And with all of the TSA hoops at the airport, combined with common flight delays; I’m not convinced that in some cases, it’s not actually faster to drive.

Besides, when you get there, you have your car! Awesome!

So, off we went. We left at 2 a.m. Friday morning and ran into all sorts of bad weather. Just outside of Abilene, we hit snow and for the next 300 miles, I20 was a slip-and-slide.

We stopped often enough to get coffee and gas and to get rid of coffee, if you catch my drift.

Things cleared up after 300 miles or so, and we made it to my daughter’s house by 9 p.m. It was an 18-hour drive.

By Leslie McMurray – Full Story at The Dallas Voice

Nepal to Issue Passports With Third Gender

Author: , January 8th, 2015

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Nepal yesterday (7 January) announced plans to add a third gender category to passports, following a 2007 Supreme Court ruling recognizing third gender.

‘We have changed the passport regulations and will add a third category of gender for those people who do not want to be identified as male or female,’ Lok Bahadur Thapa, chief of the government’s passport department, told Reuters.

Nepal joins a handful of countries that recognize a third gender on official documents, including India. Australian and New Zealand nationals can choose from three genders on passports – male, female or indeterminate, marked by an ‘x.’

By Darren Wee – Full Story at Gay Star News | Nepal Gay Travel Resources

Exploring Transgender Cuba

Author: , November 21st, 2014

Trans Cuba

Mariette Pathy Allen’s TransCuba is as much an intimate peek into the everyday lives of Cuba’s trans female population as it is a visual record of the country’s growing oppenness to diversity under Raul Castro’s presidency.

Featuring vibrant, full-page photos of transgender women in their daily environments — from their homes, to neighborhood streets, to social outings with friends and partners — the collection’s interspersion of posed and candid photos are a far cry from the media’s sensationalistic portrayals of trans lives. Rather, the women are engaged in quiet, banal moments, or else are looking resolutely at the viewer, demanding to be seen on their own terms and turf.

By Mitch Kellaway – Full Story at the Advocate | Cuba Gay Travel Resources

Traveling While Transgender – A Nightmare in Hong Kong

Author: , September 6th, 2014

Transgender FlagCrossing borders as a transgender woman is always a challenge. There are many reasons immigration authorities reject you, but sometimes it’s simply because they don’t seem to understand who we are.

My name is Eliana Rubashkyn and I was born in Bogota, Colombia. I’m a trained pharmacist and speak five languages fluently, and until recently, I was studying for an MBA in Health Administration in Taiwan on a government scholarship. I also used to be a man.

Last year, I was forced to travel to Hong Kong to renew my passport because of my altered gender. Hong Kong — a one-hour flight away — is the nearest Colombian consulate from Taiwan. The trip was also necessary to allow me to apply for the second year of my graduate degree.

Little did I know my life would be turned upside down when I boarded that plane.

By Eliana Rubashkyn – Full Story at WPTZ | China Gay Travel Resources

Transgender Cruise Planned for December

Author: , April 27th, 2014

Transgender CruiseTravel agent Jeff Land blocked cabins on a Royal Caribbean sailing in December for what he believes is the first trans cruise. “This has been a dream of mine for so long,” Land said, “because it feels safe being with other trans people.”

Land identifies as transgender and prefers female pronouns. “I’m hoping to book 40-50 people,” she said.

The cruise is on the Navigator of the Seas that leaves from Galveston on Dec. 14 for a week. Three ports of call on the trip include Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. “In Belize, people should stay together, but it’s gay-friendly,” Land said. “Honduras and Cozumel are both very gay friendly.”

By David Taffet – Dallas Voice | Other Gay Travel Events

Traveling While Transgender

Author: , January 21st, 2014

Transgender FlagHate crimes towards Manchester’s transgender community are continually going unreported due to their fractured relationship with police, claim members of the LGBT community. Shocking hate crime figures released by Greater Manchester Police today reveal that less than 10% (303) of the 3,547 recorded in 2013 are over sexual orientation.

Of those, a mere 17 relate to hate crimes against transgender people – a figure that many in the LGBT community feel is dramatically misrepresentative.

Numerous transgender people have come forward to MM to describe the nightmare of travelling by public transport, whether it be buses, trains, trams or even taxis, where they can be subjected to taunts, abuse and even violence. Alex Drummond, a member of the trans community, said: “I mostly avoid public transport – it’s just too dangerous for a trans girl.

Authored By -Steven Brown See the Full Story at Mancunian Matters

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TSA Treatment of Transgender Travelers

Author: , January 11th, 2014

Transgender FlagRight-wing radio and media are having a fit about “special considerations” being afforded transgender travelers by the federal Transportation Security Administration. It’s really much ado about nothing: Read the official web page on the TSA website and judge for yourself:

Transgender Travel: Special Considerations

TSA recognizes the concerns members of the transgender community may have with undergoing the security screening process at our Nation’s airports and is committed to conducting screening in a dignified and respectful manner. These travel tips will explain the various screening processes and technologies travelers may encounter at security checkpoints.

Preparing for Travel

Making Reservations: Secure Flight requires airlines to collect a traveler’s full name, date of birth, gender and Redress Number (if applicable) to significantly decrease the likelihood of watch list misidentification. Travelers are encouraged to use the same name, gender, and birth date when making the reservation that match the name, gender, and birth date indicated on the government-issued ID that the traveler intends to use during travel.

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Transgender Woman – Hong Kong Customs Officers Behaved Like Animals

Author: , November 3rd, 2013

Hong Kong, ChinaA South American transgender woman has has claimed Hong Kong customs officials behaved ‘like animals’ during a body search which lasted more than nine hours.

The woman, who has remained anonymous for legal reasons, arrived at Chek Lap Kok airport in Hong Kong to apply for asylum in the city.

She had previously fled her home country, where she had been shot and stabbed, and had arrived from Taiwan, where she was hoping to speak with her country’s consulate. She needed to update her passport because of changes in her appearance caused by hormone treatment.

Authored By Ashlee Kelly – See the Full Story at Gay Star News

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