Gay Rights Movements Essay

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By now, unless one is living under some possibly metaphorical rock, everyone has probably heard about the gay rights movement/queer movement and heard all the sides of the homosexuality movement, ranging from 'Gay people should burn in Hell for their sins' to 'Equality for all sexualities and genders'. And the transgender movement is just starting to take off, starting with California passing a law which allows Trans* students to "participate in sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities" ("California Law Allows..." 1). Now, of course, most of us know what heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual and transgender are -- or, hopefully, at least. Usually society likes to pretend this is all there is to sexuality and gender. You are either one thing, or you are not, and that is it; you are heterosexual or you are homosexual, and if you are bisexual obviously either you're a liar or are 'have one foot in the closet'. This is completely and wholly not true. Despite how society illustrates it, gender identities among individuals are not simply black and white, but instead they are a spectrum of colour.
One of the many things truly overlooked in the LGBTQA+ movement is gender identities. Most people know things about transgendered people, although they are widely unaccepted, seeing as "49 per cent of transgender people attempt suicide" (Bockting 167), and "1 in 12 transgender people in America is murdered" (Bockting 172). Now, those are horrifying statistics and if that does not make you cringe or want to retch or weep over the injustices of society, what will? It is rather disgusting how society treats people whom they consider 'abnormal'. However, transgender is not the only gender identity faced with issues. While it is a huge problem and their problems are real -- some people's gender identities are considered nonexistent and made up to get attention; in fact, most people do not have much of a knowledge of any non-binary (i.e., not male or female) genders.
Transgender is one of the most commonly known gender identities. It's often overlooked, as many people (who, are usually cisgendered, as in people who identify with their biological sex) say that transgender is either a disease or a small majority of the population and therefore irrelevant. This, not surprisingly, is far from the truth. "An estimated 2 to 5% of the population is transgender (i.e., experience some degree of gender dysphoria)" ("Transgender issues..." 1). Sure, that is not entirely a lot, but it is, in fact, too significant to be brushed off as nothing. What, exactly, is transgender, though? It is commonly mixed up with crossdressing, actually. A transgender person is a person who feels the gender they are born into is the wrong one -- as in, a person in a male body may believe they are female and were born in the wrong body; most trans* people will change their dress and their hairstyles and names and such, and some may also go through surgery, but sadly some may not be...

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