Forced outing

When a person is put in a situation where they must disclose that they are trans due to external circumstances, a ‘forced outing’ has occurred. This happens particularly often during transition. It can take place, for instance, when a credit card is issued on a person’s deadname and they are constantly outed as a result, or when their health insurance card, personal ID or driver’s license show their deadname and they are forced to present these documents. For people who, for instance, decide not to change their first name in official documents, these situations never stop. 

Forced outings can also take place long after a person has changed their first name and, sometimes, their legal gender. When a child is born, for instance, birth certificates currently document trans women as the father and trans men as the mother using their deadnames.