An individual who challenge traditional gender roles and the assumption that sex determines gender. Regardless of the motivation, a person who wears clothes, make-up, etc. which are considered by culture appropriate for the opposite gender, but not one’s own.
Transvestites : Transgenders who dress in clothing of the opposite sex. Note: Only about 10% are gay.
Transsexuals : Transgenders who actually change their anatomy to the opposite sex. (MTF, FTM)
Create an advanced health care directive to authorize power of attorney and health care proxy
Especially important for people in same-sex partnerships
Laws Regarding Same-Sex Partnerships in the United States ██ Same-sex marriages ██ Unions granting rights similar to marriage ██ Unions granting limited/enumerated rights ██ Foreign same-sex marriages recognized ██ Statute bans same-sex marriage ██ Constitution bans same-sex marriage ██ Constitution bans same-sex marriage and other kinds of same-sex unions
"All persons within the jurisdiction of this state are free and equal, and no matter what their sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or medical condition are entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments of every kind whatsoever." Civil Code section 51(b)
Involves Question of Conflicting Rights: Does the patient have the right not be discriminated against? Does the doctor have the right to refuse to do a procedure that violates her religious beliefs?