Dana Beyer: A Remarkable Year for Transgender Civil Rights
The "baker's dozen" of 2012 -- the most incredible 13 months in transgender (as well as LGBT) civil rights history, began on Dec 6, 2011, with two remarkable events. The first was a presidential proclamation:
The struggle to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons is a global challenge, and one that is central to the United States commitment to promoting human rights.
That proclamation was rapidly followed by Secretary Clinton's call to action in Geneva:
Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights... No matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we are, we are all equally entitled to our human rights and dignity.