Kris Smith

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commented on Tell us your story 2015-08-20 22:41:02 -0700
I’m a transgender man. I have been beaten last year on the street. Before I transitioned,I have had the police called on me for entering a woman’s restroom. I had a woman actually block the restroom door at Ben Taub, and it was ordeal to get around her. I was there for a severe emergency. I had an emergency room doctor at St. Joseph’s, after I started to grow a beard, refuse to come closer than 5’ away from me during a visit regarding my genital area. I pass as a man fully now, so much so that a doctor I recently saw had no idea I was a genetic female. But there is still fear. There is still fear that because my name and sex isn’t changed that I will face issues. I still face harassment because I pass so well. When I have to show my ID, I have some that aren’t so nice or accepting and those issues are real for us all. I am scared that my transgender girlfriend might one day have to deal with the police. Houston needs everyone protected and this umbrella ordinance does just that.

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