Hijra, bacha posh and transgender are all words to describe individuals who operate outside gender norms. These concepts have existed as long as there have been gender identifications. Trans people are well-represented across history and are successful and contributing members of society when provided with a supportive environment.

But today we are watching a wave of states introduce legislation explicitly designed to limit the rights and liberties of individuals who do not conform to dated concepts of gender identification. Bill after bill seems fixated on the incorrect notion that some of our friends and neighbors are not entitled to the same dignity and respect as others, in direct violation of the Constitution. Lawmakers across the country — and right here in Wyoming — are trying to limit the way trans people can participate in society. The humanity, dignity and ability of trans people to be full members of their communities should never be up for debate like this.

Alissa Ehrenkranz, the parent of a trans child, holds a master’s of education in educational psychology. She has lived in Jackson Hole for five years and visited annually for 28 years before she moved here. Guest Shots are solely the opinion of their authors.

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