The, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness Essay

1104 Words Feb 24th, 2016 5 Pages
Two hundred and fifty years ago, the Founding Fathers of the United States of America came together during the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia to declare independence from an oppressive, imperialist government. Within this declaration was the assurance that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” (1776). These three unalienable rights are guaranteed to all citizens of the United States, and must be protected by the government above all else, regardless of age, race, wealth, or sexuality. That is why, with the guaranteed right of personal liberty in mind, transgender citizens of the United States should be granted the right to use the restroom that coincides with the gender they identify with. To understand why this is important, one must first know what constitutes a transgendered person. The American Psychological Association lays it out simply as: “Transgender is an umbrella term for persons whose gender identity, gender expression or behavior does not conform to that typically associated with the sex to which they were assigned at birth” (APA, 2016). Obviously this represents a minority of the population, and thus it is important to address the problem from the perspective of the transgender community. As explained by Lambda Legal, “The medical community...recognize[s] that it is essential to the health and well-being of transgender…

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