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The History of Discrimination Against Transgender People

July 18, 2022


Transgender Movement

Discrimination against transgender people is a problem that has been around for centuries. Unfortunately, it is still a major issue today. Let's explore the history of discrimination against transgender people and discuss some of the challenges they face every day.

Transgender individuals encounter a lot of prejudice. It comes with a long and complicated history. Some of the earliest recorded instances date back to the 1700s. At that time, transgender people were often seen as mentally ill or possessed by demons. They were subjected to brutal treatments, such as being chained to walls or being placed in cages. In many cases, they were even put to death.

Thankfully, attitudes have changed a lot since then and transgender people are now more accepted in society. However, they still face discrimination on a daily basis. This can take many forms, from being denied employment or housing to being verbally or physically abused. In some cases, transgender people are even killed simply because of their gender identity.

It is estimated that around 0.35% of the population identify as transgender. This may seem like a small number, but it adds up to over 25 million people worldwide. That is, without a doubt, a large number of individuals who are regularly subjected to prejudice. In 2015, the US government passed a law making it illegal to discriminate against transgender people in the workplace. This was a major step forward, but there is still a long way to go. However, there are currently no federal laws in the US that protect transgender people from discrimination in other areas of their lives, such as housing or education.

Many organizations and groups are fighting for the rights of transgender people. One of the most well-known is the Human Rights Campaign. They work to end discrimination against LGBTQ people in all forms. Other important groups, specifically for the Transgender community, are the National Center for Transgender Equality and the Transgender Law Center, founded in 2002. These organization are working to change laws and policies that discriminate against transgender people. Working together, we can support equality for all.

If you want to help end discrimination against transgender people, there are a few things you can do. First, educate yourself and others about transgender issues. Second, stand up for transgender rights, both in the United States and around the world. Finally, support organizations that are fighting for transgender rights and resources. Only by working together can we hope to achieve true equality for all.

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Kollyn Conrad


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March 20th 2023

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