The unexpected complications of traveling as a trans-gender

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Transgender Travelers Are Still Facing Extreme Discrimination

Traveling has continued to be a struggle for the trans community. Many trans-people are subjected to discrimination and extra scrutiny when traveling.

Personal appearance, prosthetic devices, and other transformed aspects of identity are under increased close examination. This has commonly initiated travel anxiety within the trans-gender community.

Problems often arise when the physical anatomy doesn't match official identification documents. Unfortunately these situations can often escalate from misunderstanding and into disrespect, discrimination, and even violence.

Traveling can creates less than ideal situations. Often trans-genders have to out themselves as trans and often very publicly. While the obstacles are marginally disappearing, there is still a lot of progress to be made. As more and more trans-genders are out, travel officials are becoming more comfortable and experienced handling these situations as smoothly and professionally as possible. Many hope that more transgendered people will join the TSA for a more accurate reflection of the population.

People who travel all the time learn some tricks to facilitate through it. Remain calm and don't hesitate for a supervisor. It is critical to remain respectful. You deserve the same respect as any other traveller who paid to be on the flight. The National Center for Gender Equality's website also offers tips and helpful travel guides.

Slideshow: Related LGBTQ headlines & stories
24 PHOTOS
Upworthy: LGBT; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender
See Gallery
The unexpected complications of traveling as a trans-gender

The economy of equality: How same-sex marriage would boost the economy: http://aol.it/1Bl7pgH

(Photo: Getty)

12 powerful & anonymous LGBT coming out confessions: http://aol.it/1Bl6vAE

(Photo: Shutterstock)

Why retirement could prove challenging for LGBT baby boomers: http://aol.it/1C7IHyc (Photo: Getty)

Queer Blogger launches LGBT history campaign on YouTube: http://aol.it/1BraJXG

(Photo: Getty)

Conchita Wurst on Twitter negativity and being a role model: http://aol.it/1C3O813

(Photo: Getty)

Science supports gay parents: http://aol.it/1BMmmpC

(Photo: Alamy)

Sam Smith on coming out at age four: http://aol.it/1Bl5BEo

(Photo: FilmMagic)

Ana's Story: Transgender in Cuba: http://aol.it/1C3GvaV

(Photo: New York Times)

How the world of LGBT nightlife became a 'church' for outcasts: http://aol.it/1C3Hg3H

(Photo: Getty)

Montana couple gives birth to rare, one in a million identical triplets: http://aol.it/1BkNE8P

(Photo: Lisafx)

The queer dictionary: Breaking down the long list of LGBTQ terminology: http://aol.it/1ztvDAB

(Photo: Shutterstock)

New protection for trans-employees: http://aol.it/1AQqcQy 

(Photo: Getty)

The biggest LGBT news, wins & stories of the 2014: http://aol.it/1C3FrDQ

(Photo: Getty)

From 'Transparent' to Tim Cook, 2014's best LGBTQ media stories: http://aol.it/1C3DJlS

(Photo: Getty)

Ways 2014 was the biggest year in transgender history: http://aol.it/1BkVVcX

(Photo: Getty)

Air Force Secretary supports lifting transgender ban: http://aol.it/1Bl3EYF

(Photo: Getty)

University's transgender students can now use preferred name on ID cards: http://aol.it/1Bl45lx

(Photo: Joseph Lax-Salinas)

Uganda's anti-gay laws get tougher: http://aol.it/1Bl9GIx

(Photo: Associated Press)

Emotional testimony from transgender high school athlete: http://aol.it/1C3OIMh

(Photo: Getty)

Student comes out as transgender in front of his entire class: http://aol.it/1C3RalR
Jeffrey Tambor dedicates his Golden Globe win to the transgender community: http://aol.it/1BldIAN
https://youtube.com/devicesupport http://m.youtube.com
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION


More on AOL:
A recap of the years marriage equality wins
New protection for trans-employees
University's transgender students can now use preferred name on ID cards
Read Full Story

People are Reading