According to the NBC report, voter ID laws are “brutally dangerous” and “dehumanizing” for transgender people who are being forced to come out

NBC News reported that transgender people are disproportionate affected through strict voter identification laws, particularly in the South.

NBC Out reporter Jo Yurcaba documented how a transgender person in Nashville, Tenn., felt threatened when she was flagged by poll workers because the gender listed on the identification documents did not match the person’s current appearance when the person tried in 2016 , to choose.

“I had to come out as transgender” said Henry Seaton, who claimed that admitting being transgender could be “brutally dangerous, especially where I lived, which is a conservative suburb.”

Seaton, a transgender justice advocate with the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, said the voting experience in the Nazarene Church was dehumanizing.

“It’s not only embarrassing but also scary having to do that — try to read the room and see if they’re going to kick me out?” Seaton added, just so you can cast your vote and your vote can be heard .”

A transgender activist told NBC News that transgender people are expected to face harassment from poll workers and other voters if they go to vote this year.

“People who might be inclined to harass marginalized voters in elections are more aware of the existence of trans people,” said the political director of the National Center for Transgender Equality Olivia Hunt. “So I expect we’ll hear more stories of harassment against trans people, whether it’s from voters, poll workers, poll monitors, or anyone else present during the election.”

A report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found that about 200,000 transgender people could be disqualified from voting because they do not have identification that matches the identity they present to the outside world.

“We hear stories from voters after most elections that they were challenged to vote because their driver’s license or other ID didn’t match their current appearance, or that the name on it didn’t match gender representation in the poll worker’s mind agreed they had,” explained Hunt.

Here’s the video of the full report from NBC News:

How stricter voter identification laws are disproportionately impacting trans voters According to the NBC report, voter ID laws are “brutally dangerous” and “dehumanizing” for transgender people who are being forced to come out

Laura Coffey

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