Trans Formation

Los Angeles Lawyer, October 2008

8 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2008 Last revised: 17 Mar 2010

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Dean Spade

Seattle University School of Law

Date Written: October 9, 2008


This short article explores three key myths codified in various laws and policies that impede the life chances of transgender people. The article ties together problems occurring in a range of institutions including homeless shelters, ID-issuing agencies, health insurance programs, Medicaid programs, prisons, jails, foster care programs, juvenile justice programs and private employers and traces how these three myths operate simultaneously to create impediments to basic economic participation and access to social service for transgender people.

Suggested Citation

Spade, Dean, Trans Formation (October 9, 2008). Los Angeles Lawyer, October 2008. Available at SSRN: or

Dean Spade (Contact Author)

Seattle University School of Law ( email )

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