Transgender And Gender Equality Within The United States Essay

1274 Words Feb 19th, 2016 6 Pages
Transgender. This word is being heard more and more in America but what does it mean? According to the Webster Dictionary, the word transgender means “of, 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” ("Transgender"). Transgender and gender nonconforming people have in recent years earned recognition as being legitimate genders. An estimated .03% of the population within the United States identifies as transgender (Gates). That number may seem like such a small portion of the population, however the majority of that .03% have or currently experience discrimination in everyday life. In the United States, more legislation needs to be passed to protect the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming people from discrimination.
For such a small population, transgender and gender nonconforming people experience higher levels of discrimination. When a survey of 6,450 transgender and gender nonconforming people was taken, 63% had experienced discrimination in some way or form (Grant et al.). The transgender and gender nonconforming population experience high levels of discrimination yet the government has not done much to protect them. Currently in the United States, only 18 states have laws against gender identity based discrimination.
This means that in 32 states, a…

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