Functionalist Concepts Of The Transgender Community

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Looking at the Functionalist perspective it is perceived that the transgender community goes against society’s traditional concept of sex and gender. Transgender gender-nonconforming individuals face many obstacles in a society that is unforgiving of any individual who does not fit into the “appropriate” expectations or behaviors of gender identity or a gender binary system. The rules of behavior in our society that are considered “appropriate” for women or men inhibit us all. This is the social construction of gender roles, patterns of socially defined behaviors and expectations that are associated with the female and male; men have to dress, act, and speak in a hard, masculine way, while women are to be feminine and soft. There’s not much room for individuality there and for some of us, this is a little more challenging. There seem to be some misconceptions about gender and sex, I believe it is much more complex than we came to…show more content…
For instance in January 2015, President Obama spoke to the protection of transgender individuals in his State of the Union address. "As Americans, we respect human dignity,[…] condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. We do these things not only because they 're right, but because they make us safer." (Advancing Transgender Equality, 20 Jan. 2015). This statement was not just historical but a positive move forward for the transgender community. By February, the White House changed its position on transgender officers, saying the transgender community has every right to serve in the military. President Obama went even further for transgender rights in the military when he personally invited Senior Airman Logan Ireland, an openly transgender member of the Air Force and his fiancée to attend an LGBT(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) pride reception at the White House in a male military

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