In today’s evermore politically correct society, the term transgender is loaded with various meanings and implications. The inability for a consensus to form as to universal meaning stems from various interest groups laying claim to the significance of the term. For instance, the term ‘transgender’ is often interchanged with ‘transsexual’ or ‘transvestite.’ The two conditions are wholly different separate from transgender. For the purposes of this paper, Andrew Solomon’s definition will suffice: “The term transgender is an encompassing term that includes anyone whose behavior departs significantly from the norms of the gender suggested by his or her anatomy at birth. The term transsexual usually refers to someone who has had surgery or hormones to align his or her body with a nonbirth gender” (Solomon, 2012, pg. 599). It is helpful to know what the key differences between the terms transsexual and transgender. A person who is transsexual is someone who has gone through the process of changing their physical sex from the sex they were born with to the desired sex. A transsexual person could be someone who has met the criteria for the DSM-5 diagnosis of gender dysphoria and physically transitions so their inner-self matches their physical body thereby erasing the dysphoric state. Although the term transsexual falls under the umbrella of transgender, it is important to distinguish the two terms.
It is important to note that being transgender does not necessarily imply anything about that person's sexual preference. Transgender individuals can be heterosexual, homosexual, asexual or anywhere else on the sexual preference spectrum. Understanding what transgender means also necessitates unders...
... middle of paper ...
.... Findings pointed to 16 percent of the 67 participating male to female transgendered had been forced to have sex with a casual partner, and an astounding 25 percent of said individuals had been forced to have sex by their primary partner (Stotzer, 127). Even more evidence to support these findings came from the Xavier et al. studies. Xavier et al.’s findings resulted in 35 percent of transgendered individuals had been forced to have sex with a person who lived in the victim’s household during the time of the attack. For male to female transgendered individuals who have entered the world of prostitution, the most common perpetrator were their customers at 60 percent, someone else at 40 percent and lastly, their pimp at 20 percent (Stotzer, 127). Aside from the sexual violence that has been experienced, many transgendered individuals fall victim to physical violence.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- There are many reason that Americans should consider awareness about Diversity acceptance especially with the transgender population as it is the upcoming phenomenon that the world needs to acknowledge. Although, Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013, ENDA - (Sec. 4), Prohibits covered entities (employers, employment agencies, labor organizations, or joint labor-management committees) from engaging in employment discrimination on the basis of an individual 's actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.... [tags: Discrimination, Gender, Employment, Transgender]
1156 words (3.3 pages)
- Health Care Disparities in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) Community It is important to identify at risk populations who suffer from health care disparities in order to decrease these disparities. Health care disparities can result in negative health outcomes when at risk populations are not afforded proper health treatment. According to Ranji, Beamesderfer, Kates, and Salganicoff (2014) health concerns and risk factors affecting the LGBT community include HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), drug abuse, mental health issues, and sexual and physical violence.... [tags: health and wellness plans]
1491 words (4.3 pages)
- ... A huge number of people started to tweet her back. Some of the tweets were supportive but the majority of people were sending rude and abusive messages, tweeting that she was a 'disgusting freak who would be better off dead'. It seems being misgendered at Eurogamer was nothing comapered to her punishment for speaking up about it. Second, those who do not fit society's notion of 'normal' are persecuted. There is a definitive issue with gender-identity privileges. Non-trans people can reasonably assume that their ability to acquire a job or rent an apartment will not be denied on the basis of their gender identity.... [tags: LBGT community, gender, dress]
1352 words (3.9 pages)
- There are many reasons that Americans should consider awareness regarding diversity acceptance especially with the transgender population as it is the upcoming phenomenon that the world needs to acknowledge. Although, Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013, ENDA - (Sec. 4), Prohibits covered entities (employers, employment agencies, labor organizations, or joint labor-management committees) from engaging in employment discrimination on the basis of an individual 's actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.... [tags: Gender, Discrimination, Transgender]
2158 words (6.2 pages)
- Citizens who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or other non-heterosexual cisgender identities (LGBT+) have always been subject to a multitude of rigid social stigmas detrimental to their open expression, and it wasn’t until the last few years that America has truly seen a shift towards a more accepting culture. Over the summer of 2015, the Supreme Court mandated that same-sex marriage be legal in all 50 states. The response was overwhelmingly positive and resulted in one of the most viral hashtags in Twitter history, #lovewins.... [tags: Transgender, Gender, Heteronormativity, Sociology]
1017 words (2.9 pages)
- The purpose of this paper is to illuminate and discuss healthcare vulnerabilities of the elderly rural population in Baker County, Florida and describe how the nursing profession can address these problems. Rural health has been a complex and multifaceted challenge for government and healthcare practitioners. The elderly who live alone in the county suffer from low socioeconomic status, low health literacy rates, declining cognitive and physical health and lack of healthcare facilities. The health status of this vulnerable group is impacted by rural culture and social values, healthcare policy and funding affecting rural healthcare facilities, distance and lack of transportation, and health... [tags: healthcare,nursing, rural health]
1381 words (3.9 pages)
- Today’s society is changing; the LGBTQIA+ community is growing, people are becoming more accepting, and the world is opening its hearts to the people who are different. Not everyone in this society gives acceptance, however, for there is still unnecessary sex and racial discrimination--especially by the transgender community. Transgender and gender nonconforming citizens are faced with more bias and discrimination than the rest of the general population. Rights and legal legislation is needed to protect transgender and gender nonconforming people from social injustices.... [tags: Transgender, Gender, Third gender, Gender identity]
2166 words (6.2 pages)
- Most people don’t have to think about which bathroom to use. They use the one labeled men’s or the one labeled women’s. It’s a simple decision. For transgender individuals, however, it is not that easy. The transgender rights movement has gained a lot of attention in recent years and with that attention brings many issues and questions. One of the issues that has popped up is which bathroom transgender people should use. Some think that people should only use the bathroom of the sex that they were assigned at birth while others feel they should be able to use the one that corresponds with the gender they feel they are and live as.... [tags: Transgender, Gender, Bathroom, Bathtub]
1145 words (3.3 pages)
- Against Transgenders Transgender is when an individual tries to switch genders. The term “transgender” is becoming more and more well known throughout the United States. Research has proven that “…65% of Americans said they have a close friend or family member who is homosexual, while 9% said that they have one who is transgender” (Steinmetz 40). Many trans-individuals decide later on in their lives that they want to switch genders, and other people argue that they were born the wrong gender, making it a very controversial topic.... [tags: Transgender, Gender, Homosexuality]
1730 words (4.9 pages)
- DISPARITIES IN PRISON POPULATIONS Although we would like to believe the world is not as racially charged in 2013 as it was in the 1960s, a look in our penal system would show that minorities are still arrested and incarcerated at a higher rate than whites. The United States has experienced a rise in its prison population over the last 40 years and our incarceration rate is nearly 5 times higher than any other country. Even though 13% of the US population are African American males, they make up 38% of the prison population.... [tags: penal system, felony, minority, youth, gangs]
904 words (2.6 pages)