WHO WILL PROTECT YOUR
IDENTITY AND LEGACY
WHEN YOU NO LONGER CAN?

ATTORNEYS TO SPEAK MARCH 5, 2018
AT SAGA GENERAL MEETING
ABOUT YOUR OPTIONS

WHO will
make health care or final decisions for me if I am unable to express my wishes?

CAN I
ensure I will be treated as myself if I am hospitalized and unable to communicate?

HOW do I
keep my family from erasing me if something happens to me?

These are variations on questions every one of us will ask as we get older.

BUT THESE ARE NOT OLD PEOPLE QUESTIONS!

And the answers have immense impact on us as trans people and upon our closest friends

We have received several inquiries over the past few months about how to make sure our parents, siblings or children respect our identities and wishes and don’t try to erase who we are in the event we can not make decisions for ourselves, after we pass away or in any situation where we can no longer speak for ourselves.

We have all heard the stories of trans people who transitioned young and lived authentically only to die in a car crash or from a disease in their 20’s and 30’s and have family members bury them in their birth gender with their dead name and leave their trans friends out of the loop. Or the trans person who is incapacitated and left to live in a nursing facility with their family enforcing their inauthentic identity and dead name on them.

When we are incapacitated, our legal system will place us at the mercy of our nearest surviving relatives, even if they are not supportive–unless we take specific measures to prevent this from happening. When something happens, whether we are 95 or 19, it is too late for us or our friends to intervene to protect our legacy.

On March 5th, attorneys Ron Zack and Shanelle Schmitz will be at the SAGA General meeting to speak about measures we can take to ensure our interests, our legacy, and our gender identity and expression are respected and protected when we are no longer able to fight for ourselves.

If you have specific topics or questions you would like to have Ron and Shanelle address, please forward them to me as a response to this email.