What happened to equality?

There have been at least 3 hate crimes against the transgendered community in the first 2 months of 2017 in the United States.

Tough Times For Transgender Tennesseans by Joey Leslie is a short article regarding some of the many struggles transgendered people are forced to deal with in places among the U.S. Specifically, Leslie focused on a transitioning transgender James Huff who works at a grocery store in Tennessee. Although he looks like a male accompanied with that is his higher pitched voice as he is a man birthed into a woman’s body. He describes how children will ask their parent’s in the checkout aisle if he’s a boy or girl and the awkward looks to follow.

Licensed psychologist Julia McAninch was also included in this article as she tries to help with the entire process of completing the transition. I was unaware that it could require at least a year of therapy and several surgeries and drug prescriptions that insurance typically will not cover. Not only would it be a straining process in general, the fear of the unknown would also come into play. By taking hormones, the user can only have an idea of what to expect meanwhile there’s room for many variables to go wrong.

In addition to the dangerous transition alone, money to go with that and non-legal judgments of the masses, there are many state laws to become aware of for the trans community before they commit to this life altering change.

Fear seems to be the common and recurring feeling for most trans, especially in Tennessee and the other 37 states in which a person can be fired because of their gender identity. Federally, there is no protection and rather ways to find out who is of another sex than on birth certificate in which case current employers are notified. This is why the rate of trans genders are higher to end up on the streets making them vulnerable to hate crimes and STD’s.

Moreover, the Vital Records Act of 1977 states that it is illegal for persons born in Tennessee to change the sex on their birth certificate even after having a full sex change. So basically after these endlessly scrutinized and judged people go through all of the emotional and physical pain of transitioning their sexes, that they still aren’t allowed to feel as though it’s totally official.

While some people don’t care whether or not they are recognized, others find this highly offensive and inconvenient.

James Huff, said regarding this issue, “When I found out that, it made me feel like ‘What’s the point of this if technically I’ll never be able to be a male, legally. But I realized that I don’t care what law says. I still feel this way and I won’t let them change who and what I am. I know how I feel and that’s what I’m going to do.”

It’s inspiring and disheartening to hear of peoples’ tales who have to deal with such emotions and feelings.

I feel that any laws to prohibit any rights of transgendered Tennesseans or any people are wrong. The United States is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave but it seems as though the ones who are losing their freedoms are the bravest citizens.

It was never about the water fountains and it will never be about the bathrooms.


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