Persuasive Essay On Transgender Americans

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For transgender Americans, the fight for equality is not over. While the recent changes in laws affecting LGBT individuals have done a great deal to improve the situation, the fact remains that a portion of the population is still denied the most basic of human rights. Something as simple as using the bathroom has become the new battleground for civil rights, as many states attempt to pass laws that restrict bathroom usage to the gender on someone’s birth certificate. While the number of transgender Americans seems small at an estimated 0.3 percent, this is still a significant number of people who are unable to feel comfortable using a public bathroom (Wong). Not only is avoiding the bathroom a health risk, forcing transgender Americans to use the bathroom of the biological gender has led to verbal harassment and physical violence. Transgender Americans should be allowed to use the restroom of the gender they identify with. The number of anti-transgender bills has been increasing, and is higher now in 2015 than any other year. This wave of legislation seems to be in response to the advances made in state non-discrimination policies that protect transgender people (Daileda). The opposition has proposed many bills that are unfair to transgender people:
So-called “bathroom bills” introduced by social conservatives…typically mandate that
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They claim that allowing this tiny percent to use whichever bathroom they’re more comfortable with is infringing on the rights of the majority of “normal” students. They claim that forcing regular students to share a bathroom with transgender students is unfair to them. Michael Martin, host of Tell Me More from NPR news replies to this with “…other people’s kind of discomfort at something they’re not familiar with doesn’t trump other kids’ right to be safe and

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