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IDS 400 Final Project: Transgender Inequality Montana Lloyd Southern New Hampshire 16, August 2020
Transgender Inequality 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. There is inequality even with the biology when it comes to the transgender community. Politics are getting involved and making laws that are against the community. Even 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. As some of society might be pushing politics to push down the transgender community, other parts of society are standing with and speaking up for the community. The inequality that the transgender community has faced is seen throughout history and even today. The inequality of the transgender community has faced has had an impact on many social issues throughout the course of history and still effecting social issues today. From the earliest days of the American colonies, “one of the first recorded examples involves a servant in the Virginia colony in 1620s who claimed to be both male and female, at different times” (Beemyn, n.d.). From dressing up in both clothing of men and women and going by the names of Thomas and Thomasine Hall (Beemyn, n.d.). The community did not approve of this and want the court to deal with the issue. “The court ordered Hall in 1629 to wear
both a man’s pants and a woman’s apron and cap” (Beemyn, n.d.). With this order, it help Hall to be a subject to discrimination. Hall was casted out of society and left to be by his/her self. There were not many accounts of transgender inequality until 1885 when the Criminal Law Act was passed in the UK. This made homosexual behavior illegal. People who cross-dressed became easy targets because in the public mind they were associated with homosexual subculture (Whittle, 2010). In the roaring twenties, men who dressed where known as ‘fairies’. They faced discrimination and many put themselves in danger going out to parties being all dressed up. One of the biggest events in history for the transgender inequality was in June 1969. The Stonewall Riots occurred as a result for a raid at the Stonewall Inn, which is a gay club in New York. Marsha P. Johnson played a huge role in these riots. She was the first to throw a brick.

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