The Corpse Project worked with a group from the trans community, through Gendered Intelligence. In life, trans people fight hard to defend their gender and their bodies and we wanted to know about the issues for them with the body in death. This Transfesto is the result. It includes a response from The Corpse Project.
We want a massive social change which results in awareness of and respect for transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming people.
ACTION 1: THE INDUSTRY
To investigate levels of awareness in the funeral service industry and the training it receives, so that we can test and create trans-friendly practice. For example, we want respect for chosen gender and name, regardless of the body’s appearance.
We want our names, pronouns and gender identity to be respected throughout – on our death certificates, during ceremonies and at any time our bodies are handled.
ACTION 2: THE PAPERWORK
To review and potentially campaign to change paper work and processes from a trans-inclusive perspective. For example, we want to remove unnecessary and invasive questions about gender. It is also important for some people that executors can have rights over next of kin and can control what happens to the body.
We want trans people to be able to make informed choices about what happens to their bodies after death.
ACTION 3: INFORMATION FOR THE TRANS COMMUNITY
To put together an accessible resource pack that will detail information, legalities and the essential preparations every trans person should make. For example, how to make a low-cost will and who to make your executors, because this is crucial to your wishes being carried out.
If invited, The Corpse Project would want to offer its support to Gendered Intelligence and the group which wrote this Transfesto, to see it implemented.