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NYT podcast talks to Aimee Stephens, Redford trans woman at center of SCOTUS case


November 07, 2019, 12:07 PM

The Aimee Stephens who emerges from a lengthy interview on "The Daily," the New York Times podcast, sounds more country than Detroit; she grew up in North Carolina, and it shows in her voice. But the 58-year-old transgender woman at the center of a Supreme Court case lives in Redford, and the funeral home she sued is in Garden City.

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Aimee Stephens

Stephens now lives on medical disability, is still married to the wife she chose when she was presenting as a man, and recently sat through the oral arguments before the court in Washington. 

Many still regard trans people as mentally ill or some other variety of hot mess; if you are one of them, try listening to Stephens in this podcast. She comes across as thoughtful, wise and unwilling to spend any more time living a life she considered to be a lie from the time she was five years old.

“I have felt imprisoned in a body that does not match my mind," she wrote in a letter to colleagues just before she was fired in 2013. "And this has caused me great despair and loneliness.”


Read more:  The New York Times


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