February 26, 2021

More than 80% unemployment; the nightmare of finding work for trans people

Eight of every ten trans people do not have a job and the search for a job becomes a real nightmare for this group that has to go with the law in hand to defend their rights, especially if they are women, migrants or their DNI does not register the name change

It is one of the main obstacles faced by transgender people, according to Efe Erik García, of Asociación Visión Trans Aragón, who recounts her "complicated experience at work" after spending three years in psychiatry and psychology to access hormone treatment. , after which he had to wait another year for the surgery.

"With the visibility I had at that time, when I was more androgynous than masculine, my job opportunities were zero," recalls Garcia, who says he has been working "for the past seven years" on recommendations from friends.

According to García, not having modified the DNI data is one of the greatest difficulties in finding employment for transgender people, a situation that is aggravated "if you are a woman, a migrant, and the only way that this society allows you is sex work" , to which "more than 86% of trans women who have had to migrate" are concerned.

He explains that hormonal treatment is much slower for trans women, so it takes much longer to "get the reflex, acceptance and empowerment to say this is me". He calculates that what a trans man can get in nine months, a woman costs a year and a half.

To the people who want to do a hormonal treatment, Erik García recommends them to go to a trans association to receive advice on how to start their "own process", which, according to Rubén Cruz, of the State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals ( FELGTB), may require "hormonal and surgical treatments or not."

In the absence of a trans state law, the way to access these treatments differs from one community to another.

"If the autonomic law contemplates the right to self-determination of gender identity, the GP refers you to endocrinology, where hormonal treatment is valued," explains Niurka Gibaja, representative of the LGTB + Collective in Madrid ( COGAM).

This happens only in 10 of the 17 communities: Andalusia, Madrid, Catalonia, Extremadura, Murcia, Comunidad Valenciana, Navarra, Aragón, the Balearic Islands and the Basque Country.

In the rest you have to go through a "psychological accompaniment" for a specialist to make a gender dysphoria report to begin hormone treatment, which Gibaja considers "aberrant because they decide for us and because we are not sick."

He also criticizes the slowness of the Health, since finished the hormonal treatment (two years), the waiting for the surgery begins (if it is wanted to realize) that, sometimes, it prolongs up to six years, reason why "many people get tired" "and look for other alternatives in private healthcare.

And regrets the poor training of health personnel, since only a very low percentage is specialized in these surgeries and "usually, does not give you any guarantee when operating."

In this sense, Cruz, García and Gibaja, denounce that in many occasions health professionals "force you to go through surgical procedures that are not desired, since" there are some who are happy with their genitals ".

They believe that there is still a long way to go to end these prejudices and ignorance about the trans collective, as is their "pregnant right".

Cruz, who was the first trans person to freeze their eggs in the National Health System (SNS), recalls that in 2016 the right of transgenders to conserve their genetic material was recognized, although "in many areas they continue to tell us that it is very complicated to do it and that there are huge waiting lists, when it is not like that ".

And all conclude in assuring that "you are trans because you are and not because you hormones or you operate".

Alberto Domingo and Olivia Alonso

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