For centuries, the idea of being transgender has been thought of as taboo in American society. Whether it’s a religious, moral or personal belief, the idea of being transgender has been rejected from the norms that have been accepted in today’s society. They are shunned and are denied their rights until they conform to society’s norms. They are discriminated against in their jobs, house, and public places. Just because someone is transgender does not mean they deserve to be treated less of a human.
We’re in the 21st century and transgenders are still being mistreated. There needs to be a change, a change that would make it safer for transgenders to earn a living, find housing, and enjoy the simple pleasures and necessities of life. Everyday activities like eating out, shopping, or going to the movies carry the risk of mistreatment, refusal of service – or worse.
Back in the 20th century being transgender or cross-dressing was illegal and could get you arrested.
As shown in the image above taken by Weegee in 1939, the man is being arrested for dressing up as a woman. However, he doesn’t seem to be scared, upset, or angry, rather he seems happy with joy filling his eyes. As he is getting out of the police van he has a very feminine pose with a big smile on his face. He is doing what he believes, standing up for what is right even if it means getting arrested. Social movements, organized around the acceptance and rights of persons who might today identify as LGBT or queer, began as responses to centuries of persecution by church, state, and medical authorities.
A couple of things might have changed but they are still struggling to be treated the same, in article one “and in a recent blog Violence Against the Transgender Community in 2017 “2017 has already seen at least 29 transgender people fatally shot or killed by other violent means”.
Right now, no statewide law explicitly prohibits discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people. This means that people who are fired from their jobs, denied housing and services, and mistreated in the workplace, in stores and in restaurants because of their appearance or gender identity do not have clear legal protection. With many laws that Trump wants to pass or change that would greatly affect transgender people, we need to stand up and fight for justice. It doesn’t matter how someone identifies, they deserve to be treated the same.