TRANSitions Ben Reed 2/25/19
In today’s political climate, where everyone has their own opinion on the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, etc.) community and whether they should be allowed the same freedoms as other people in the United States. One such freedom that has been the talk on many news and media outlets as of late is President Trump’s military ban on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military. Transgender folk, who identify as something other than the gender they were assigned at birth, were in relief when President Obama repealed the policy of banning any and all transgender individuals from serving in the military. However, when Obama's successor, Donald Trump was inaugurated in January of 2018, President Trump had made it vocal of his plans to revive the ban Obama had repealed (Lopez). Seeing as this ban prevents transgender U.S. citizens from making contributions to their own military, President Trump’s proposal is invalid due to discrimination in the military–the same type of behavior towards the LGBT community that Obama had focused on bringing justice to during his term, and the same conduct that President Trump wants to drag the United States back to after so much progress in terms of LGBT civil rights. When people think of the construct of gender, some only believe that there are only two genders: male and female. What people find to be most baffling is that there are more than just male and female gender identities. Many people refuse to believe in anything else because they get confused and mixed up with the basis of being transgender and transsexual. Transgender is the orientation in which someone identifies as something other than their gender assigned at birth, and where they haven’t yet, or not at all altered their body to match their identity. In this case with transgender individuals, they can identify as whatever gender identity they feel expresses them best. Some non-binary (non-male or non-female gender identities) include,
bigender , which is described as “the feeling of having two genders either at the same time or separately[...],” demigender , in which someone identifies as partially one gender, and partially another gender, or genderfluid , which is where one’s gender identity changes as time passed, and is not bound by any number of genders (Gender). However, these are only a few of the different identities that are within the overall gender spectrum. Being transsexual is almost the same as transgender, but the difference being where they undergo some sort of surgical procedure to alter one’s outward appearance to match their identity. For all trans people, their transitioning process is different based on what sex they are transitioning to. In both transitioning processes, the person undergoes hormone therapy, in which they ingest more and more testosterone or estrogen. There is also chest reconstruction surgery (otherwise known as “top” surgery), in which breast implants or explants are used. Alongside both of those kinds of procedures, there are special procedures designed to alter the genitals.
- Fall '18
- Benjamin Willoughby
- military, Transgender, U.S. Military, lgbt issues, LGBTQ+