‘Being a transgender person is not a choice you make’

Malta has made huge legal strides in recognising a person’s true gender, but there is no health and education system to support transgender people, Bruno Zahra tells Sarah Carabott.

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A person can nowadays change name and gender, but the lack of awareness and provision of specific health services is detrimental to transgender people’s well-being, according to research conducted by Bruno Zahra.

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The first of its sort locally, Mr Zahra’s master’s study shows that a lack of support has seen transgender women “come out twice” – first as gay men and then as transgender people.

The study also shows that such a lack of support can sever the transgender women’s ties with their own families.

Photo By National_Progress_Party (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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