September 5, 2013

It isn’t a secret that Washington has been in a state of gridlock and discord, driven by both political grandstanding and deeply entrenched political ideologies. But what may be more of a surprise is that members of Congress from polarized sides of the political spectrum agree with each other, and with the American public, on one thing: the importance of the American dream, and keeping that dream within reach of country’s workers. Sen. Marco Rubio described the American dream as “allow[ing] us all to succeed economically, achieve stability and security for [our families] and leave [our] children better off than [our]selves.” Nancy Pelosi said, “the American dream is about freedom. Jobs mean freedom for workers to support their families.”

But for transgender Americans, this basic bargain of hard work, fair judgment on the merits, and the ability to advance in life is broken.