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Time Magazine Announces the Transgender Tipping Point

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Calling the transgender rights movement “America’s next civil rights frontier,” Time Magazine put Laverne Cox, the transgender actress best known for her breakout role on the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black on the cover in a recent issue.

In addition to covering Cox, the magazine shines a light on the rising awareness of the issues faced by the transgender community amongst the larger cisgender society in which we live, profiling activists from within the community on the struggle for acceptance and integration. The author of the cover story, Katy Steinmetz, says of her piece: “Transgender people — those who identify with a gender other than the sex they were ‘assigned at birth,’ to use the preferred phrase among trans activists — are emerging from the margins to fight for an equal place in society. This new transparency is improving the lives of a long misunderstood minority and beginning to yield new policies. … As the trans movement has gained momentum, opponents have been drawn in to fight, many of them social conservatives who cut their teeth and fattened their mailing lists opposing same-sex marriage. But perhaps the biggest obstacle is that trans people live in a world largely built on a fixed and binary definition of gender. In many places, they are unwelcome in the men’s bathroom and the women’s. The effect is a constant reminder that they don’t belong.”

For the gay community, coming out and being visible has made it difficult to demonize them as “other,” to the point where recent polling indicates that over 90% of straight people now say that they know people in their lives who are gay. While the trans community is estimated to be less than 1%, Ms. Cox and her brilliant portrayal of a transexual prison inmate, as well as other notable trans advocates like Janet Mock and Carmen Carrera present a wide range of experiences and does wonders to shed the demeaning she-male and tranny sex-worker stereotypes that dog the community.

While there are those who will never accept transexuals and transgender people, like homophobes, they are destined to become a literally dying breed. Legislation that affirms the rights of non-cisgender people are starting to make their way through our legal system, following a similar pattern that gay rights has been on for several decades, however we anticipate that things will happen much more quickly in this age of democratized communication and online communities. With homophobia, often the root of transphobia and trans discrimination, dying-off and with younger generations demonstrating more tolerance and understanding of transgender people, we hope that the future for trans people includes full equality in terms of economic opportunity, freedom from violence, and health benefits.

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  1. Lexie

    July 26, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Here is what I think………..be forewarned I am getting up on my soap box.
    Let me started by saying this I am a Woman, a Pre-op Woman but I am still a Woman, I do not like terms such as Shemale, T-Girl, Transgender, Transsexual because I am a Woman.
    Now to the meat of the matter, there is this belief that if someone is born with breasts and a vagina that makes them a Woman……..Wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that just makes them Female something that can be bred. Being a Woman is far, far more than that being a Woman is a state of mind. It is carrying ones self with dignity and pride, it is always wanting and needing to look ones best, it is being proud of yourself, it is knowing that as a Woman you are a billion times better than the best man on this planet, it is NEVER cheating on your spouse (if you have one) it is caring and taking care of others first.
    Look around when you go out you will see many, many females and very few Women, the females look like they either are coming off a seven day drunk are they just got out of bed….they don’t care how they look, they have given up.
    Another thing that burns my toast is when I hear these stupids say how we are not Women because of you genetic makeup…….BULLSHIT…………….genetics has ZERO to do with who we are, what makes us who we are is our being, our essense, our lifeforce, our soul or what ever you wish to call it that is what we are.
    Now on natural born (so-called) Women, many are intimidated by us because we look better than they do, we take great pride in who we are and we are far more of a Woman than many could ever dream of being.

    • Lola Page

      Lola Page

      July 29, 2014 at 1:12 am

      Lexie, thanks for sharing. Get up on your soap box anytime!

      I especially liked, “..as a Woman you are a billion times better than the best man on this planet,..”. Sorry guys! 😉

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