M. Georgia Valdes
November 12th, 2015
SYG 2010 Social Problems
“As Americans we respect human dignity….That is why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.”
This is the first time that a president has said the word “transgender” in the State of the Union address. These words were not said by any accident and should not be taken lightly. All the cases he named are actually some of the most widely discriminated groups of people in the country, as well as the world. The group i’d like to analyse is that of the transgender community. I myself as well as people who are dear to me do not identify with the socially “correct” understanding of gender or sexuality. August 14th of this year marks the 15th murder of a trans individual, an all time high. (Time) Subsequently, I’ve witnessed hate, and I now hope to have a clearer understanding through a sociological analysis. Using the theories and tools of thought I will explore discriminatory actions taken against them, how these actions affect their standards of living and even their personal health. Understanding this, then I’d like to speak on what we as a first world are repairing these issue in comparison to other nations.
It begins even in youth, with 80% of questioning and confused children reporting bullying and harassment in school. (Time) One