Transgender Discrimination Essay

1609 Words Mar 13th, 2012 7 Pages
Discrimination of Transsexuals For many years, members of the gay, lesbian and transgender communities have been persecuted because of their sexual orientation. The group that will be the focused on in this essay is transsexuals. Transgender is a term that describes transvestites and transsexuals, which is gender identification not sexual orientation. Transgender are individuals whose gender identities or gender expressions contrast with traditional social norms and expectations. Gender identity refers to a person’s sub-conscious sex or their internal sense of being male or female. Gender expression refers to the way a person shows their gender identity to others through their behavior. Transgender individuals should be allowed to have a …show more content…
There are many different ways society can work towards understanding transgender people such as respecting an individual’s identity and self label, not making assumptions, not dividing people into categories or singling others out and openly talking and asking questions about transgender issues. Because of society ideas about the male and female gender roles, people usually have a very hard time understanding those who do not conform to the gender norms. This physical transformation is in direct contrast to what society has always believed to be moral and ethical. As presented by the author, In Before and After: Class and Body Transformations, Julia Serrano argues that the media focuses exclusively on the physical transition to oneself rather than the discrimination that transsexuals face on a daily basis (392). The prejudice and discrimination transgender individuals face after under going surgery can cause them significant psychological distress. The reason for this may be that a transgender person having a physical transformation, challenges the expectations that people have for the gender roles of men and women in sexual relationships. The Dalai Lama said, “All human beings have an equal value and an equal potential for goodness. To ground our appreciation of the value

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