On Thursday, May 16th, The Exchange talks to three members of the New Hampshire transgender community who have participated in "Ask A Trans Person Anything" panels held around the state. It has been one year since New Hampshire passed a law that protects against discrimination based on gender identity, and there is more conversation nationally and in New Hampshire around transgender issues.
- Chloé LaCasse - (she, her, hers) Storyteller, educator and advocate. She came out as transgender in 2016, and found her voice on the historic Freedom NH nondiscrimination campaign. Today she offers companies and organizations lighthearted in-depth trans 101 inclusivity trainings, helping diffuse myths while providing thoughtful and inclusive best practice policy to their growingly diverse team members and employees.
- Liam Magan - (he, him, his) 25-year-old transgender male living in Keene, NH. Born and raised a female, he realized his transgender identity at the age of 22 after many years of depression and confusion. He graduated from Keene State College in 2016 and is now a licensed septic system evaluator in the state of NH. As an advocate for transgender rights, he openly shares his life via social media and YouTube in an effort to be the person that he needed to when he was younger. He is passionate about educating others about the transgender experience.
- Alex McEntee - (they, them, theirs) Alex came out as genderqueer a couple years ago. Since then, they have been involved in education and advocacy for non-binary and fellow trangender Granite Staters. They have been part of 7 "Ask a Trans Person Anything" panels across the state. Alex has also testified on behalf of themselves and others like them, numerous times at our State House.
Your questions for the panelists:
What would you like to ask about their experiences as shaped by their gender identities? Topics could include their relationships to family, friends, and significant others; their daily lives; their work life, and education.
Especially if you identify as part of the LGBTQ community, what do you want other listeners to know? What questions do you wish people did (or did not) ask you?
What do you want to know about language, terms, definitions, and how conversations around gender are evolving? (The GLAAD Glossary of Transgender Terms is a good place to start).
A note: We will not accept questions or comments that are derogatory or abusive in nature. We do welcome questions on how to talk about gender identity.
The next "Ask A Trans Person Anything" panel is being held on Wednesday, June 5th from 6-8 p.m. at the Durham Public Library. You can find more information here.
The American Psychological Association also has information for frequently asked questions about transgender, people, gender identity, and gender expression.
Support and Local Services:
Transgender New Hampshire provides information on support groups and healthcare in the Granite State.
Transgender Care Listings helps you search for transgender care across the U.S.
PFLAG, formerly known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, is an organization for families, friends, and allies of the LGBTQ community.
Trans NH Magazine is an online publication for the transgender community and their allies in New Hampshire.
NH Commission for Human Rights accepts gender identity discrimination claims related to employment, housing, or public accommodations.