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What Are The Issues Facing The Transgender Community – And What Do They Mean For Texans?

Today, we discuss issues facing the transgender community – including current legislation, barriers, misconceptions and personal journeys.


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Body characteristics and gender are not always the same thing.

For some, how they self-identify is in contrast to the characteristics with which they were born – a sense of being "trapped" in a body that doesn't reflect how they truly see themselves.

This is an over-simplified way of describing an extremely complicated issue. And because of that, some feel decisions on how to deal with it all shouldn't be voted on.

Currently in the Texas Capitol a number of bills are being considered that would legislate how issues surrounding transgender individuals should be handled – from exclusion from certain activities to medical care to legal action against parents.

Today, we explore what it means to be transgender, and experts field listeners' questions.

Guests are:

Emory Powers:

Andrea Segovia:

Houston Public Media health reporter Sara Willa Ernst, filling in for Matt Harab, also joins Ernie with headlines about current state bills impacting healthcare for transgender youth.

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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