TIJUANA — Attorneys for transgender members of the caravan are rushing to find people willing to house them in the United States while their asylum cases play out in court, in hopes that the would-be immigrants won't have to wait for months in detention for their cases to be decided.
News stories about “illegal immigrants” have most likely taken over your Facebook newsfeed lately. They’re the stories of people in one country trying to establish a life in another one. At times, feeling like they don’t belong in either one.
What if you were one of these immigrants? But you were not only trying to find the right country but the right gender, too? How does someone who is in the United States without access to medical care get the attention they need to exist in the world as the gender with which they identify?
Transgender Elders Face Obstacles Unique To Them
While older lesbian, gay and bisexual people face similar hurdles experienced by older transgender Americans, trans elders are often confronted with circumstances that are unique to them.
Most people will tell you they know someone who is gay or lesbian — but they might not know someone who is transgender, let alone a trans elder.
Caitlyn Jenner is, by definition, a senior citizen. She’s 69. Her transition from Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner is, in many ways, the exception in the trans community. But when Jenner was young, she told ABC News's Diane Sawyer that, from a young age, she experienced those feelings of confusion about gender identity.
Those feelings are shared by the people in this story.