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Happy frst Sunday of the year! It’s brunch time. Don’t be dumb. This week we bring you stories on Kevin Hart, the ongoing legal battle against Donald Trump’s trans military ban, Brazil’s new hateful president and tips on staying committed to your 2019 goals! Of course we have our Whackjob […]
The soccer fan was banned from games due to shouting slurs, and a U.S. appeals court has sided with Trump on his trans ban
Disgraced comedian Louis CK rails against LGBTQ people in his stand-up act, and the first Pakistan trans Pride took place
To say that Gia Gunn and her time on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ was “polarizing” is maybe to put it mildly
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Among the day’s big headlines, a ‘Queer as Folk’ reboot is planned for Bravo, while gay marriage in Cuba might have suffered a setback
Among today’s big headlines is news that an Aussie hotel won’t go with the name “HoMo Hotel,” and the India bill has been denounced by trans citizens
Among the day’s headlines, last night’s Miss Universe pageant made history with its first-ever trans contestant
The PEPFAR Extension Act of 2018 renews HIV funding and prevention work, and India has launched its first trans bodybuilding competition
The transgender community is composed of individuals who have a gender identity or gender expression that is different from the sex they were assigned at birth. It also includes people who are not exclusively masculine or feminine, such as those are who genderqueer or nonbinary. As sexual orientation is independent from gender, transgender folks may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, asexual, and pansexual.
Historically, the community has faced a great deal of discrimination and violence. According to the Human Rights Committee, 21 transgender people were killed in the U.S. in 2015, and in 2016 at least 25 were killed. Violence disproportionately affects transgender women of color. The community is often deprived of access to housing, employment, healthcare, and other vital services due to a combination of racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia.
Transgender issues have been in the spotlight lately thanks to famous transgender figures such as Chelsea Manning, Laverne Cox, Caitlyn Jenner, and Janet Mock, as well as several recent U.S. laws — laws that both take away and grant rights to transgender people.
One of the most notable is North Carolina’s HB2, which forbids transgender individuals from using public restrooms that match their gender identity.
Fortunately, there have been a number of laws passed recently which protect the community. As of July 2016, 21 states and the District of Columbia have legislation that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. In May 2016, the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice directed public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity. President Obama also issued an executive order prohibiting discrimination against transgender individuals who work for the federal government or its contractors. In 2016, Oregon became the first state to legally recognize non-binary individuals.
When it comes to knowledge and attitudes about the community and transgender rights, progress has been made, but there is still a great deal of work that needs to be done.