In a country where people are often unable to understand what it means to be transgender, the story of transgender woman Mimi De Leon is one of the most popular stories around.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, De Leon shared how she had to deal with being denied her own identity because of her body.
“I was diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria, and I had a physical disorder, and they said it would affect my ability to go to work, my health, my relationship,” De Leon said.
De Leon, who was born as Mimi Lee Lee, transitioned at age 12 to become Mimi, an actor.
“So I went to the hospital, and the doctors said, ‘You can’t have Mimi.’
I said, no, no.
And they said, I don’t care, I’m going to give you the gender that you identify with.
You’re a girl.
I said no.”
De Leon’s story of being rejected by her body is a common one, and one of many similar stories that are emerging around transgender rights.
In March, a study found that two out of three transgender people have faced discrimination in the workplace, and that nearly one in five transgender people experience violence in their daily lives.
And in November, the US Supreme Court ruled that trans people are protected under the US Constitution, even if they don’t identify as male or female.
But the Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge from a transgender student in the next few weeks, who claims she is being denied access to school restrooms.
“They told me that I could not use the boys’ bathroom, and so I went into the girls’ bathroom and I was told that I couldn’t use the girls bathroom because I’m a boy,” the student told ABC News.
“And then I was escorted into the women’s restroom, and when I went in the women was told, ‘Well, you’re a woman.
You can’t use women’s facilities.
You have to go in the men’s restroom.'”
The case has been put on hold as a result of the court’s ruling, but will likely be heard again in January.
Transgender people face similar discrimination in other aspects of their lives.
In 2017, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which is responsible for protecting the health and safety of New Yorkers, published a report called “Disability Discrimination: A Human Rights Issue,” which found that transgender people face significant obstacles to accessing health care, housing, employment, and education.
“We’re still not there, and we need to be there in order to ensure that people who are transgender have equal access to care,” said Katherine Murguia, a staff attorney at the National Center for Transgender Equality.
“The most important thing is that people can access healthcare, housing and education, and people who identify as transgender can be included in that healthcare system.”
A new report released last week by the Human Rights Campaign also highlights the disproportionate health care disparities faced by transgender people.
The report found that of the roughly 1.7 million transgender people who were uninsured in 2017, 1.4 million were living with gender dysphoria, which means they have a gender identity that doesn’t align with the sex assigned to them at birth.
About 20% of transgender people said they had experienced some form of discrimination in their healthcare provider, and nearly half said they were afraid of being fired or discriminated against because of their gender identity.
“This report is really the wake-up call that we need more support, and this is really our opportunity to get that support, because the health care system in the United States doesn’t treat transgender people fairly,” said Ashley Feinberg, president of the Transgender Law Center, a nonprofit law firm that advocates for transgender people across the country.
“People who have gender dysphoric gender identities are the most vulnerable population of all.”
Transgender rights and health care are often seen as intertwined issues, but transgender advocates say there are significant gaps in the healthcare system and lack of resources to treat the conditions that transgender individuals face.
The National Center on Transgender Equality estimates that there are more than 2.6 million transgender Americans.
In the United Kingdom, transgender people are known as gender non-conforming people, but the number is far higher.
In England, where the transgender population is estimated to be at least 4.3 million, there are currently no comprehensive services for transgender individuals.
And there are no national guidelines for treating gender dysphorian conditions.
“It’s really the lack of access to health care and access to gender-affirming surgeries that has made a huge difference in terms of access,” said Emily Scholl, director of communications at the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund.
“These surgeries, which are needed to change a person’s appearance and gender identity, can cost upwards of $150,000 and require years of intensive medical care.”
Scholl believes that trans-specific healthcare is needed to address these disparities.
“There are a lot of people who need access to the right kind