Gender Is The State Of Being Male Or Female? Essay

1463 Words May 20th, 2016 null Page
Imagine walking up every day feeling like you’re living inside the wrong body, feeling trapped and depressed. Every day at least one transgender child wakes up feeling this way. Everyone has a gender. Whether you are born male or female, gender is something that affects us in our everyday life. We are constantly judged on how we act, feel, think and look, but what is the actual definition of gender? According to Oxford Dictionaries, “Gender is the state of being male or female (typically used with reference to social and cultural differences rather than biological ones). (OD)
In today’s society gender is based off the physical and genetic sexuality one is at birth. While most children identify with the gender they physically appear as, there are some children whose gender identity is different than the one they were born with. While it is impossible to know the exact number of transgender youth in the United States, Gary Gates, an LGBT demographer at UCLA school of Law’s Williams Institute, is responsible for one of the most commonly cited estimates of 700,000 transgenders, 0.3 percent being adults and the other 99.97 percent being youth, in the United States.
However, an important question to know is: what is transgender? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition is, “relating to, or being a person who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that differs from the one which corresponds to the person’s sex at birth”.(MWD) Historically the term “transgender” was used…

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