An anonymous artist has recently re-drawn Disney heroes as trans, showing how their tales of love and transformation relate to the transgender experience
Trump’s Department of Justice will soon make a decision regarding a key protection for LGBT healthcare, but pro-LGBTQ organizations are going to fight back
A new study about trans representation on TV discovered transgender characters are more powerful in increasing acceptance than Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out
Paul Alexander’s new musical ‘Trinkets’ tells the story of four drag and transgender sex workers in the mid-90s working in New York’s Meatpacking District
Brienne of Tarth is a fierce knight in the fictional kingdom of Westeros, and in last night’s ‘Game of Thrones,’ they nearly came out as transgender
Two major LGBTQ organizations have announced a lawsuit over Trump’s transgender military ban, and they’re not alone in their opposition to the ban either
While he was on the hit radio show ‘The Breakfast Club,’ Lil’ Duval claimed he would kill a woman who slept with him if she were trans — and he won’t apologize
Days after Donald Trump’s ban on trans military service members, Caitlyn Jenner was spotted wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ (MAGA) hat in California.
U.S. President Donald Trump said that we needed the trans military ban to avoid high costs and disruption, but his ban is causing both
Many thought that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner would be beacons of hope in the White House, persuading Donald Trump to sway left on some issues.
Days after Janet Mock appeared on iHeart Radio’s popular show “The Breakfast Club,” a comedian came on and laughed with hosts about murdering trans women.
On the hit New York radio show The Breakfast Club Janet Mock appeared to promote her new book — three days later Lil’ Duval joked about killing trans women
The transgender community is composed of individuals who have a gender identity or gender expression that is different from the sex they were assigned at birth. It also includes people who are not exclusively masculine or feminine, such as those are who genderqueer or nonbinary. As sexual orientation is independent from gender, transgender folks may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, asexual, and pansexual.
Historically, the transgender community has faced a great deal of discrimination and violence. According to the Human Rights Committee, 21 transgender people were killed in the U.S. in 2015, and in 2016 at least 25 were killed. Violence disproportionately affects transgender women of color. The community is often deprived of access to housing, employment, healthcare, and other vital services due to a combination of racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia.
Transgender issues have been in the spotlight lately thanks to famous transgender figures such as Chelsea Manning, Laverne Cox, Caitlyn Jenner, and Janet Mock, as well as several recent U.S. laws — laws that both take away and grant rights to transgender people.
One of the most notable is North Carolina’s HB2, which forbids transgender individuals from using public restrooms that match their gender identity.
Fortunately, there have been a number of laws passed recently which protect the community. As of July 2016, 21 states and the District of Columbia have legislation that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. In May 2016, the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice directed public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity. President Obama also issued an executive order prohibiting discrimination against transgender individuals who work for the federal government or its contractors. In 2016, Oregon became the first state to legally recognize non-binary individuals.
When it comes to knowledge and attitudes about the transgender community and transgender rights, progress has been made, but there is still a great deal of work that needs to be done.