“The TSA’s discriminatory policies on trans people are even worse than you think”

“For transgender people, this expectation of abuse makes every screening a anxiety-inducing experience — which actually subjects us to even more screening. If you’re acting nervous or uncomfortable, you’re more likely to be subjected to “behavioral” screening techniques employed by TSA. Given the intense dysphoria that many transgender people experience about their bodies and the fact that many trans folks have been victims of sexual violence, these methods can be intensely triggering. That trauma — as well as frequent misgendering employees — can have lasting effects on our mental health.
More dangerous, however, is what potential lies ahead for transgender people after they have been subjected to mistreatment — harassment and violence at the hands of other people in the airport."
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