The US population is rapidly aging, at the same time as more people understand themselves to be transgender or non-binary (TNB). Are our legal systems, housing supports, and long-term care system prepared to provide person-centered care to TNB people as we age? We will ground our discussion with an attorney elder in the movement for transgender justice. The panel will present efforts to reduce the scope of state religious exemption laws and to strengthen state/local anti-discrimination protections for TNB elders in elder-specific medical and housing settings. We will discuss new state/local policies that recognize X gender markers on death certificates. A trusts and estates attorney will share her legal approach to counseling TNB people, and we will offer specific durable healthcare power of attorney provisions to protect TNB people’s access to hormones and use of affirmed name, gender, and pronouns, after cognitive decline. Workshop participants will have a deeper understanding of how traditional aging supports, including the law, may be problematized for people of TNB experience.
Speakers: Kylar Broadus (Trans People of Color Coalition); Paula Kohut (Kohut & Adams, P.A.); Ashe McGovern (NYC Unity Project); Ames Simmons (Equality North Carolina)
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