Transgender Women In America

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Try to imagine how you would feel if you woke up one morning and you look into the mirror, you come to the shocking realization that the gender you portray is incorrect. For many this is a reality. For those who don’t know Transgender is a term used to describe people who feel that their gender identity differs from the sex that was given at birth. In today’s world, Trans Americans have been experiencing more advocacy and media coverage than ever before. Still at this time Transgender individuals, particularly transgender women and transgender people of color, still face extreme issues regarding safety, health, Employment and general wellbeing.

Transgender individuals experience high rates of discrimination and harassment in all aspects of
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Studies show that transgender sex workers often feel pressured into not using a condom if offered more money which makes them highly vulnerable to HIV. In New York City, from 2007-2011, there were 191 new diagnoses of HIV infection among transgender people, 99% were transgender women. Over half of newly diagnosed transgender women were in their twenties. Also, among newly diagnosed people, 51% of transgender women had documentation in their medical records of substance use, sex work, homelessness, incarceration, and sexual abuse.

Being that the United States of America claims to be the land of opportunity Congress should work quickly to pass an Act of Employment Non-Discrimination, to ensure that transgender Americans are judged in the workplace based on their skills, qualifications, and the quality of their work. Right now, too many of our country’s transgender workers are being judged on their gender identity, factors that have no impact on how well a person performs their
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Adequate and affordable housing is essential to the economic security and overall wellbeing of every American. Unfortunately, social services and homeless shelters that work with Transgender people often fail to help transgender homeless people, including denying them shelter based on their gender identity, inappropriately housing them in a gender group they do not identify with, and failing to address related issues that face transgender homeless adults and youth.

Local, state, and federal governments should collectively prohibit housing discrimination on the basis of gender identity. Social services and shelters should provide appropriate services to transgender people in a non-discriminating manor, including housing people in their appropriate housing them in a gender group that co-relates to their gender identity. Congress should fully fund and implement a project to End Homelessness. Local, state, and federal agencies should implement homelessness data collection that includes data on gender

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