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IDS 400 Milestone One In society today gender identity is an important part of who you are. The term transgender, is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity or expression does not match the sex they were assigned at birth (Bradford, 2018). For example, a transgender person may identify as a male even though they were born with female genitalia. Throughout history there have been several different terms that refer to transgender. Since the first accounts of those who identify as transgender, there has been transgender inequality. It has been a serious issue in society and can be seen in several different ways, even today the transgender community still faces inequality. From misunderstanding to the lack of education, these are just a few causes to the inequality of this community. Newer generations are growing to learn and understand about the transgender community which has made progress in bridging the inequality but there are still several issues. From the earliest days of the American colonies, one of the first recorded examples was aservant in the Virginia colony in 1620s who claimed to be both male and female but at different times. From dressing up in both clothing of men and women and going by the names of Thomas and Thomasine Hall (Beemyn, n.d.). The local citizens of Jamestown asked the court to resolve the issue. They used to term “bi-gendered” now known as intersexed to explain these actions. The court ordered Hall in 1629 to wear both a man’s pants and a woman’s apron and cap (Beemyn, n.d.). This ruling left Hall unable to freely switch between male and female identities. Hall was subjected to being ridiculed and pitied. This may be one of the first accounts from the colonies, however the Native Americans have referred to transgender as “half men, half women” in their culture (Beemyn, n.d.). There is little known transgender history in the Native American culture but we do know that it did exist in their culture.
As time progressed, more and more transgender started to come out. In 1952, Christine