The Quest for Transgender Equality – NYTimes.com

The Quest for Transgender Equality – NYTimes.com:

“A generation ago, transgender Americans were widely regarded as deviants, unfit for dignified workplaces, a disgrace for families. Those who confided in relatives were, by and large, pitied and shunned. For most, transitioning on the job was tantamount to career suicide. Medical procedures to align a person’s body with that person’s gender identity — an internal sense of being male, female or something else — were a fringe specialty, available only to a few who paid out of pocket.

Coming out meant going through life as a pariah.

Being transgender today remains unreasonably and unnecessarily hard. But it is far from hopeless. More Americans who have wrestled with gender identity are transitioning openly, propelling a civil rights movement that has struggled even as gays and lesbians have reached irreversible momentum in their fight for equality. Those coming out now are doing so with trepidation, realizing that while pockets of tolerance are expanding, discriminatory policies and hostile, uninformed attitudes remain widespread.”

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3 thoughts on “The Quest for Transgender Equality – NYTimes.com

  1. And still one of the saddest aspects for me is that swathes of the left wing won’t stand with their American trans brothers and sisters to support their fight for equal rights, and have even preferred to stand with the right wing and lobby *against* equal rights (http://pamshouseblend.firedoglake.com/2011/08/10/cathy-brennan-elizabeth-hungerford-take-their-anti-trans-activism-to-the-un/). Socialism done properly entails supporting others in the right to express themselves freely and hold their beliefs, even if one does not share those beliefs.

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