To understand what it is to be transgender is to understand that having a gender identity that doesn’t align with the biology assigned at birth is the easy part. It is still difficult to get a consistent estimate for the transgender population in the United States due to the majority of population surveys that ask about gender, only have the option to check male or female. These surveys not only exclude any one transgender or anyone who is under the LGBTQ umbrella, but any individual biologically intersex; meaning they very well could have both or neither biological sex at birth and identify with both, either or no gender at all. Once a person realizes that their biology and identity do not align, taking action to transition comes w...
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...pt us (Foley). That process alone is difficult enough for anyone identifying as your normal, everyday middle class cisgender. Women and the LGBTQ community have been battling to gain equal rights for centuries while Americans have developed a culture obsessed with out-casting. From body shaming to ostracizing diversity, today 's media has made it acceptable to bully anyone who is unwilling to conform to our standard of ideals. We live in one of the wealthiest nations in the world. Yet, here we are as one nation coming together in fear of a man in a dress, when ironically it’s actually the transgender population we’re putting at risk by forcing them to out themselves and stand alone while ridiculed. These laws may try to promote themselves as safeguards for our women and children but the reality is that these laws expose more violence and harm to the LGBT community.
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