In the late 1950’s to mid-1960’s, the transgender community faced discrimination such as physical and verbal harassment, denial of social spaces, and alienation in the media. This matters to us today because transgender individuals are still existing and are a part of our human population today. The community is also still struggling to find their representation in the media and in society. The transgender community is still facing a wide array of types of discrimination, from nasty looks to denied access of education. Gender identity should not be taken into consideration when determining another person’s worthiness of respect.
Transgendered people in America have made many great strides since the 1990s. They have encountered violence, lack of health care, and the loss of homes, jobs, family and friends. There have been many phases of the struggle of being transgendered in America over the years. The current phase we must be in now is equal rights. There are many variations of discrimination against the transgendered community. In our society we simply do not like what we do not understand. It is easier to discriminate than to try and understand. We are all created different and we should appreciate our differences. The change must come by addressing the views of the public. There is much justification in the unequal rights of transgendered peoples. The Human
The transgender population often have complicated medical needs and encounter numerous health disparities including discrimination, lack of access to quality health care and social stigma. Some health disparities include various chronic diseases, cancers, as well as mental health issues (Vanderbilt University, 2017). Transgender individuals are at increased risk of HIV infection with their rates being reported “over four times the national average of HIV infection, with higher rates among transgender people of color (Grant, Mottet, Tanis, 2011).” In addition, they usually do not have health insurance (Makadon, 2017) and have a lower probability of preventative cancer screenings in transgender men (AMSA, 2017).
After reading chapter 3: "Prejudice and Discriminations" and as well the article "Transgender African-Americans' Open Wound: ‘We're considered a Joke’”, I have a better understanding of the challenges that certain group undergo due to prejudices and discrimination that exist within their own racial group and other groups of our society. Although the LBGT community has made its social conditions a little more better, there is still those within their group that are even more marginalize, this is the case of a African-American transgender. African Americans transgender face twice as much prejudice and discrimination. They battle prejudice and discrimination from their own racial group and from society because of their skin color and their gender
According to the Williams Institute, on average there are about 700,000 identified transgender people that represent 0.03 percent of the population (Thapoung, 2015). Knowing there can be more transgender who are unidentified should bring attention to the safety of different sexualities. People are afraid of seeing a different sexuality in the same room. The confusion that is being brought upon the public and the transgender person themselves should be enough to draw attention to President
Some citizens support the idea of laws and rules being passed in support of transgenders rights, but they believe that the federal government does not need to be involved. They believe that schools, institutions, and the workplace can regulate themselves. Although America is showing progress towards transgender equality, there are still many who refuse to acknowledge
Kidd and Witten define the term transgender vaguely, stating it “describe[s] people who transcend the conventional boundaries of gender, irrespective of physical status or sexual orientation” (Kidd & Witten, 2007, p. 36). This term is a reference for the ‘other gender’ that is not particularly male or female. Currently, within the American society, there is a growing awareness of individuals who are transgender. Much of this awareness comes from LGBT movements and
No one would have ever predicted that Donald Trump would win the 2016 Presidential Election. No one would have ever believed that a person as racist, sexist, homophobic, and transphobic as Donald Trump would ever be allowed to get as near as he did to the White House—but he did. Now, we all find ourselves justifiably concerned for not only our own well being, but also of the well being of other groups that have been targeted time and time again, not only by Donald Trump himself, but also by the entire Republican platform. While it is well known that some of the groups who have fallen victim of endless discrimination include racial and ethnic minorities via the constant threat of deportation and/or policies that allow for racial profiling, other groups include the LBGTQ community. However, according to the article, “President Trump is a disaster for transgender people” written by Samantha Allen, given the fact that both Trump and his Vice President, Mike Pence, appear to favor the Religious Freedom Act, repealing Obama Care, and allowing HIV preventative inaction, I argue, and with great reason, that those who will be severely targeted and affected by their political and religious stances will be the entire transgender and transsexual community—a fear that I once assumed was a thing of the past.
Throughout the years, the LGBT community has put forth tremendous effort to gain rights and recognition in the United States. Yet there have been numerous laws that have discriminated and made them feel unequal. LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered. Many people in the community have a hard time accepting who they truly are in terms of sexual orientation or gender identity. Coming out is challenging enough on its own, and laws and regulations that discriminate against those who only wish to live freely can make it hard for them to do so. Living in the time period we do, we have seen many changes in the right direction as far as having equal rights for all, but it has not always been this way. There have been many movements and actions the LGBT community has taken over the years to get to where we are today. There have also been many laws and regulations specifically targeted at same-sex and transgendered individuals, some of which that still apply today.
The LGBT community has experienced discrimination for some time now. After Gay marriage was legalised in June 2015 across America, many thought this was a step moving in the right direction for minority rights. Recently North Carolina has passed a bathroom law forcing transgender people to use the bathroom to which their sex aligns with, not gender, regardless if they have transitioned. Chances are you have probably heard about this on a variety of different news stations including CNN and Fox News. Now Obama is threatening to pass a law that allows transgender students to use the bathroom/locker room their gender aligns with. According to a Wall street journal article Eleven states are ready to sue Obama because they do not agree with this law.
The number of estimated people in who identify as a transgender in United States of America is 700,000, according to 2011 findings from the Williams Institute, the transgender population represents about 0.3% of American adults. Disheartening research from the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey reveals that 41% of transgender participants (2,644 out of 6, 540) had attempted, at some point, take their own lives. One of the reason why they attempting to suicide is because of discrimination about their gender. People are debating about should transgender individual should have their own bathroom and many people are getting affected by the issue. The use of public restroom by transgender individual has long been a polarizing issue.
In the wake of Trump’s election the LGBTQ community faces uncertainty about what protection the U.S. government will provide. Last week’s Supreme Court ruling of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission displayed that a majority of the Court support discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation for the sake of religious neutrality. While refusing to bake a gay couple a wedding cake is not inherently harmful, the arguments used to justify segregation or refusing services can be detrimental when applied to other queer discrimination cases. In the recent months Trump’s administration has been rolling back protections that the Obama administration put in place provide transgender people with adequate healthcare and humane treatment
In the United States, at least 0.3% of our population is comprised of transgender individuals. Of whom struggle with numerous discriminatory laws. Although this is not a large number it doesn’t justify these acts.
The system in place in the United States is a deeply flawed one. The gatekeeping, stigma, and accessibility issues each reinforce each other, compounding the overall problem to the point where it makes existing nearly impossible. Other countries across the globe have started to find solutions to these issues through legislation that recognizes an individual's’ right to self determine their gender identity, along with the affordability and the legal protection to fully pursue that identity. I believe the first steps that must be taken to bring the United States into the 21st century is to stop persecution of transgender people. Bathroom laws, like the one in Virginia that was struck down in 2017, place transgender people directly in danger and disallow them from existing in public spaces. It leaves them with absolutely no room to
On July 26, 2017, President Donald Trump drastically changed the lives of many American military personnel with just three short tweets on Twitter. This is the state of America today, as one’s entire life could change overnight. On July 25, transgender Americans were openly serving to defend our nation, but on July 26, that right had been taken away in an instant. With this ban, transgender Americans not only lost their ability to serve in the military, but also lost all of their medical assistance, and further, must now face the stigma President Trump has attached to being a transgender person. Under the Obama administration, transgender persons finally felt safe to openly declare their identity, but now such a voluntary disclosure has