Transgender women say the US government is revoking their passports

Transgender women are claiming that the US government is refusing to renew their passports in order to invalidate their true gender identity.

Despite already holding passports which classify them as female, Danni Askini and Janus Rose have been told that they need to supply more proof that they were trans women.

President Donald Trump’s administration has consistently targeted trans people since coming into power, rolling back protections for trans students and trans prisoners.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 18: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room of the White House, July 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Trump has consistently created policies which target LGBT people (Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty)

He has also repeatedly attempted to ban trans people from the military, and is gearing up to enable doctors to deny treatment to trans people on religious grounds.

And Askini and Rose believe that they have faced difficulties because of hostility within the State Department – or possibly because of a change in guidance behind the scenes.

Askini told LGBT site Them that she has possessed female identity documents since she transitioned 20 years ago, at the age of 16.

Despite this, when she attempted to renew her passport last month, she was rejected and reportedly told by the US Passport Office that she had “failed to disclose” that she was trans.

The executive director of trans rights group Gender Justice League was told she would have to provide proof that she had transitioned genders, after two decades of being legally recognised as a woman.

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