Then there are the not so public heroes, who work in libraries and labs, collecting the data, doing the qualitative research, and gathering the personal testimonies of trans peoples’ lives.
Zack Marshall, a researcher at Memorial University is one of these behind the scenes heroes. He has compiled a database of fertility related references to current research on issues facing trans people who want to become parents. The link to his work is here.
Go ahead and check it out. You probably won’t read the whole thing, but you can begin to appreciate how invaluable this kind of work is. Without it we don’t have a clear picture of the issues that trans people face as they attempt to access fertility services. With it we can provide real world evidence that medical norms, social services policies, and government legislation have been instruments of discrimination and inequality. With it we have the data that supports our campaigns for new approaches, and laws that respect our identities, our families, as we choose to create them, and our human rights.
So have a look and celebrate the vital work that Zack Marshall and so many other scholars, academics, and researchers are quietly doing to support the rights and recognition of trans folks and their families.
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