It’s clear to anyone who’s watched television in the past year that great strides are being made for transgender awareness in the media. Transgender actors such as Laverne Cox from the Emmy-award winning Netflix comedy/drama Orange is the New Black and transgender characters such as Rayon from the Oscar-award-winning drama Dallas Buyers Club are exposing the face of the trans community.
Considered to be one of the most important and prominent figures in trans history, Christine Jorgensen was a pioneer in her own right. Jorgensen first garnered major attention when she became the first American to bring attention to gender reassignment surgery in 1952, after travelling to Denmark for the procedure. Going on to become an actress and a writer, Jorgensen’s story was what brought trans issues to the forefront of America’s mind, and opened up a national conversation, framing many aspects of how future generations would come to think of the transgender community.
In Laverne Cox’s powerful speech during ‘Creating Change 2014’ she talks about the violent injustices and police discrimination against the lives of trans women of color, throughout her speech she appeals to the viewer 's emotional connection to those in pain and the rationale want to stand up for what you believe in. She does this by using strong repetitive credible sources and hortative sentences.
To relate her study to other findings, it only seems fair to use the piece written by Laurel Westbrook, (and herself) Kristen Schilt. This reading is called “Penis Panics: Biological Maleness, Social Masculinity, and The Matrix of Perceived Sexual Threat.” This reading is being compared to her book because it shows a lot of similarities with her outcomes. Although this does not look at the field of work, it does shed light on their everyday lives and actions. To be specific, this reading points out that even being transgender comes with unfairness. Society has made their own beliefs which seem to go along the lines that trans men are harmless, but trans women are potentially harmful. As stated in the reading, it seems trans women are looked
He could get by on his large annual salary. She proceeds to explain that if somehow Bruce were born a woman, he would not have an easy-going experience with job searches. It would be a difficult to find a job flipping through “ ‘Help-Wanted - Female’ ads in the newspaper.” By using this relevant example in today’s society, she is showing this inequality is happening today, while also beginning her argument with a valid example. Examples like these, that are present throughout the piece, give Burkett a leg up on Birghe’s contending argument where she leans on herself for evidence. With limited examples and reliance on collecting sympathy, Birghe uses personal experiences to attempt to prove her point. Resultingly, this ineffective tactic fails because of the absence of concrete evidence. Birghe, being transgender herself, says, “I wasn’t born a boy, and I’ve never been a boy, and it’s like a knife to my heart every single time I hear that phrase. And boy have I been hearing that phrase a lot!” To start, the
The author claims that in 2014, there was an increase of transgender brutality. The author also mentions that a lot of the violence was aimed at trans women. Especially women of color. She then continues the article in a description of the recent decision to allow OHP (Oregon Health Plan) to cover medical care related to transgender procedures to insure a victory for the community. Lastly, she says that the Transgender Day of awareness is not just about being a memorial for the dead. It is also about celebrating resiliency within the transgender community and hope for the future.
Growing up, we aren’t really allowed to talk about anything LGBTQ+ because my father goes on 15-30 minute rants every time. It’s hard as someone who belongs in the LGBTQ+ community to express herself when someone is as homophobic and transphobic as my father. Laverne Cox has given not only the transgenders of the community hope but she has also given the gay and bisexuals of the community hope as well.
Cisgender and heteronormative privileges challenge those that do not fit into these categories, yet dare to be different which I will discuss throughout this paper. Since transgender people have begun to come out and talk about their gender identities, death rates have risen greatly. It is sad that we live in a society in which people have to live in fear for being different than others and expressing who they are. A difference should not get someone killed because we are not objects and should not be categorized as such. We do not all fit into the binary categories that have been opposed on us, why should those who standout be punished for what they have no control over. We are all humans, yet we are acting like savages over such a little
The author's purpose for writing this book is to inform people about transgender people’s point of view about how they feel about changing themselves to what they feel they really are and to help people understand the meaning of the legal cases ( Nutt 263). One example is the time when Nicole’s Family won the civil lawsuit in Maine’s highest court in 2014 because Wyatt was being harassed over using the girls restroom by other schools ( Nutt 145). Another example is the time when Nicole and her dad Wayne
Mock, like other trans women of color, had to take steps to accomplish her goals that even compromised her integrity. In the early part of her journey when she first began to openly express [her] femininity a lot of help was received from her friend Wendi who helped her access the hormones that would help her become more fully herself until Mock was able to get her own prescription. Mock also reveals later on that even though she was a high school honor student, a class representative, and someone who wanted to do bigger, better things she ended up working as a prostitute to help pay for her surgery. “The procedure made me no longer feel as self-conscious about my body, which made me more confident and helped me to be more completely myself. Like hormones, it enabled me to more fully inhabit my most authentic self” (Mock). This quote proves transgender people will even resort to illegal measures to live their truth and seek reconciliation with ones
Transgender people should be allowed to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with due to the facts that it is safer for everyone, transgender-inclusive policies are not a safety risk, harassing and assaulting are not problems. In a letter by, the ninth grader, Skye Thomson says he gets dirty looks entering the women’s bathroom at his school due to the fact that he’s a transgender boy-born a female and identifies as a male-which makes him feel very uncomfortable and unsafe. Schools are a place for students to feel safe. Yet for transgender people, it’s a completely different story. Going to school is a nightmare due to the consent name-calling, harassment, and physical assault.
Controversy. It’s in your school, your government, and in Kylie Jenner’s lips; but for 17 years old, transgender, Mack Beggs it filled the walls of his state wrestling match. This dispute began after he won the Texas state girls wrestling title, people thought this was unfair because of the testosterone shots he was taking. With this, the folks verbally harassed him for following the law. Additionally, Beggs could not wrestle with the sex he identifies himself as because of the law, limiting his ability to express himself. This essay will justify as to why Mack should be allowed to wrestle against the boys in his division.
In the news of 2017 there’s been quite an amount of bashing and opinionated laws being addressed. In the century we live in now you would think that everyone would be more open minded or more respectful to the point of where they don’t allow things to bother them. Transgender Equality Rights has been a powerful topic for ages and today the LGBT community are still fighting to just be treated like humans. People learn that “all men are created equal.” However, equality is something that men and women in the LGBT community struggle with and have yet to achieve. LGBT are fighting for bathroom rights, transgender marriage, and how transgender don’t qualify on health care.
This article is about a new policy that still hasn’t been passed, but it will make it so trans-genders in prisons and jails will be housed according to their gender identity (North). There is even training that has begun for jail staff as stated in the article “ to help protect transgender inmates from violence and harassment, as well as instruction on the importance of respecting inmates’ gender identity and using the correct pronouns”(North).
Do you think you should have the right to your own privacy while using the restroom? Everyone should have their own privacy, but they should also feel comfortable using the restroom. Transgenders may not feel like they have privacy, though if forced into a restroom they don’t feel comfortable using.