The Feminist Movement Of The Civil Rights Movement Essay

833 Words Nov 29th, 2016 4 Pages
From the Feminist Movement to the Civil Rights Movement, marginalized groups have always been forced to fight for legal protection. Currently, this ongoing battle for equal rights has been taken up by the transgender population and has received national attention. According to Oxford Dictionary, the term transgender means “Of, relating to, or designating a person whose identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female gender, but combines or moves between these.” (Oxford Dictionary, 2016) The transgender community is relatively small, only accounting for 0.6% of the American population. Although, this population is relatively tiny like most minorities, they expect discrimination. Even with the progressiveness of the 21st century underneath laws that protect the sexualities in the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) communities, they exclude the various gender identities that exist within the group. To remedy this, some states have passed proper legislation to protect the rights of the transgender community; unfortunately for the half of the transgender population that live in states without these laws, they are unable to be properly protected from discrimination. To provide national protection, Congress needs to pass an anti-discrimination law that includes the term gender identity within its clauses.
There are many hurdles that prevent a meaningful discussion over the necessity for anti-discrimination laws for transgender…

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