Dotting the I’s, Crossing the T’s


Trans people face heightened scrutiny in a post-9/11 world

You’re driving in your car and get stopped by the police for speeding.
The officer asks for your license and registration and takes them back
to the police car. He swipes a strip on the back of the license into a
computer, and instantly has access to an assortment of personal
documents about you, from your birth certificate to letters from your
doctor detailing your most private and intimate medical history. While
it sounds like a plotline pulled from the Sci-Fi Channel’s new fall
lineup, it could be a very real scenario for members of the transgender
community if the Real ID Act goes into effect as scheduled in May 2008.

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