Most don’t explicitly look into the complexity of a transgender person’s life and all the questions or problems one might face: Do I use the men’s or the women’s bathroom? Is it appropriate to use this locker room? Those are only two of the many questions a transgender person might run into on a daily basis because of how others would see the situation, how the people who may have a sneaking suspicion that the woman they saw go into the ladies’ bathroom isn’t actually female by their definition, or how it could also seem strange to see that same person go into the mens’ bathroom. These all lead to dysphoria in any person’s situation in public places due to the fact that many choose to taunt or mock the person; however, with the help of Title IX these questions could start to vanish from the thoughts of many transgender students which Blad exemplifies with a quote in her article:
Recently, the issue of allowing transgender people access to public facilities according to the gender they identify with has caused much debate throughout the United States. The bathroom bill seeks to control access to public facilities of transgender individuals, based on the gender they were assigned at birth. In 2015, bills were passed stating entering a bathroom not assigned to a person at birth was a crime. Surrounded by misconception, the bill does “not legalize harassment, stalking, violence, or sexual assault.” Since the bill arose, there have not been a rise in violence or other incidents in the states protecting the transgender rights (Transgender Equality). The bill simply states if one is living as a woman, to use the women’s restroom,
It's easy for people to hate what they don't understand. Imagine if you were learning how to play the guitar, and no matter how many times you practice and study the right chords, you just can't seem to grasp the concept, and there is nothing wrong with that. Plenty of people happen to have this mindset when it comes to transgender people. There is this constant debate concerning transgender men and women and their rights. In some cases, they are expected to abide by certain requirements in order to full change their gender and aren't granted the right to use the bathroom based on their gender identity.
This has not been the case with the seventeen school districts who have reported zero problems with transgenders involved in inappropriate behaviours ( Percelay, 2015). This will ironically have the reverse effect of placing Transgender men in women's restroom and transgender women in male restrooms, it is very clear who are likely to be victimised under these circumstances. Why the hate and stigma of individuals yearning for a place to belong, after all, they are human beings too and should be protected like the general
In the media today, we hear of football players, celebrities and even pupils who are divulging that they are either homosexual or bisexual. In the TV show, House, one of the main characters, “Thirteen”, is a bisexual woman and nobody in the show treats her differently. However, there is one member group of the LGBT is still being represented poorly by the media. According to GLAAD, they are being depicted as villains, sex workers, and are still victims of offensive jokes. A friend I interviewed even claimed that people like her are the most looked down-trodden affiliates of the LGBT! This group is called transgendered. They are one of the most misunderstood and least respected groups in America today.
Legal discrimination is alive and well in the United States. All over the country, groups of people are being forced into situations that are converse to the very nature of their being, subject to extreme violence and hatred. The very narrow minded view of how the country sees sex and gender, as exhibited by the media, is causing immense harm to many American citizens, as the idea of a binary gender system and long-standing sexist views has contributed to the segregation of bathrooms under the thin veil of protection. Bathroom facilities should no longer be segregated by gender to prevent transgender-based discrimination, therefore decreasing the prominence of depression associated with transgender people because a binary view of gender is flawed.
The greatest issue facing America today is the ongoing battle for social justice among minority groups such as: African-Americans, the LGBT+ community, and Native Americans who've suffered harsh treatment in the present and past. Since the early colonization of America, these minority groups have continuously fought for their rights because of the oppression that society placed on them. They’ve sought justice through non-violent/violent protests, movements, and laws to spark change among an unfair society that has endlessly persecuted them. However, this injustice doesn’t happen entirely from racism or prejudice but from the majority “refusing to take a stand against the problem causing it to grow further” (Thoreau 326).
Americans are often seen as a beacon of freedom but are the people truly free? The citizens of America are entitled to their rights, such as freedom of speech and freedom of choice but when it comes to their sexuality or gender identity, their freedoms are limited whether by law or by a person’s opinion. Although there are rights that are law, it does not mean the people would obey the laws accordingly. Discrimination and harassment against transgender and people of a different sexuality is common among people under the age of 25. Studies shows that about 49 percent of transgender people under the age of 25 have attempted suicide because they were harassed (Ford). Transgender people are allowed the same basic rights as other citizens, but
While discrimination is pervasive for the majority of transgender people, the intersection of anti-transgender bias and persistent, structural racism is especially severe. People of color in general fare worse than White transgender people, with African American transgender individuals faring far worse than all other transgender populations. Many transgender people are also the targets of hate crimes. They are also the victims of subtle discrimination—which includes everything from glances or glares of disapproval or discomfort to invasive questions about their body parts (Bassichi, Lee, & Spade, 2011). Discrimination laws and hate crimes laws encourage us to understand oppression as something that happens when individuals use bias to deny
United States of America. The United States of America. When you hear that, what do you think of? Home perhaps? A land of great opportunity? Freedom? Equality? Perhaps for some of you, this is the case. For many, it is not. For many, freedom and equality are nothing more than empty promises. Thankfully, many brave individuals are now speaking up and demanding these promises be fulfilled. They are signing petitions, organizing rallies, and protesting in the streets, all just to be heard. I hear you, and I stand with you.
Nearly 80% of transgender people report that they were harassed while 35% said that they were physically assaulted at school. Transgender people are also frequent targets of hate speech, Hate crime, Bullying, physical and psychological violence, Between 2008 and 2016 there have been over 2,000 reported murders cases in 65 countries across the globe. In the U.S at least 25 transgender people were killed in 2017. 30% of transgender youth reported a history of at least one suicide attempt, and nearly 42% reported that they had attempted self - harm. According to the national center for transgender equality research, transgender people with supportive families are for less likely to
Many parents show concern for their children that use public restrooms. Citizens are worried for their children that may be preyed upon by transgender men and women within a public restroom setting. Most males that are against transgenders using public restrooms, are concerned with their wives and daughters that they cannot protect once they have entered the female restroom. In Transgender Students and Bathrooms many issues are mentioned about the problems with having transgender citizens use the restroom of the gender they associate with. “Some communities that are against having transgender students use bathrooms where they feel uncomfortable or unaccepted of transgenderism tend to have tried to persuade schools to have transgender students use the restroom that correspond with their biological
Transgender and gender nonconforming people also experienced harassment in public settings. In a 2015 survey, transgender people in primary and secondary school experienced a form of mistreatment. 54% were verbally harassed, 24%physically attacked, and 13% sexually assaulted. Furthermore, 17% had to experience discrimination which them resulted to leave school. Although the laws do not encourage these actions, they display the acceptance if referring to transgender people as lower class citizens. To first understand the reason why so many people in the LGBTQ+ are getting harassed, it is crucial to understand the history behind
In this Paper Jody Herman talk about minority stress framework and the data from a survey conducted that explains the experiences that transgender and gender non- conforming have has in public restrooms. Over half of the people that were surveyed reported that they were denied access, verbally
Any act of discrimination differentiates one another and tells apart many people who are perceived in a negative way. Stress and anxiety is targeted to many of those who are transgender and gender nonconforming people because of the use of public bathrooms that can lead to very real psychological and physical safety concerns.Transgender individuals face the dangers of harassment, violence, and health issues every day. Yet there is no credible research to support the issue of Unisex bathrooms causing danger to women and children being assaulted. Therefore, inclusive restrooms should be open and required to those who are identified or transitioning to a certain gender because it is hard to know where you belong and no one should feel concerned about their own safety or be at risk for expressing their sexuality because at the end of the day we are all human beings and shouldn’t be treating people awfully who are different and unique in their own way.