An article just appeared in the online Edge magazine about the difficulties transpeople face in trying to access appropriate identification documents. I must say that I really like the soundbite I gave about the purpose of border security being to find out who has weapons, not who has penises. I know a lot of folks may wince at my use of the word penis and think it crass or harsh, but sometimes being stark is effective.
Click on the underlined words above to link to the article.
And here is the whole sentence as written in the article:
The purpose of passports and birth certificates is not so you
can tell who the transsexual people are, Keisling contends. “It is nobody’s business and no one has any interest in it. We want to know who has weapons, not who has penises.”