June 10, 2013

Jay Cabell doesn't get health insurance from the exterminator company that hired him. It's not because it isn't offered. It's because Jay, who was born female and now lives as a man, is afraid to fill out the forms that require him to choose a gender. Cabell wears men's clothing, has a man's haircut and grew a goatee. Like other transgender Delawareans, he's afraid of what consequences he might face if his employer found out he wasn't always identified as a man. If Cabell checks "F" on the insurance forms, his birth gender, it would immediately arouse suspicion. If he checks "M," there's a chance he could be outed somehow after a doctor's appointment.