Transgender rights: the next big political movement

The Guardian
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April 24, 2013
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Recently we've been inundated with images of gay couples holding hands, demonstrating their commitment to one another and protesting the marriage ban. But while the push toward marriage equality sits in the spotlight, there's another movement underway, one that's gaining momentum and promises to grow into a leading political contender, but you may not know it yet. I'm talking about the transgender movement. We live in a culture of disrespect towards trans people, only compounded by laws on the books that fail to uphold justice equally. But this isn't just about a distant minority, the status of trans people in this country matters not only because we are a marginalized minority – though that is in itself significant – but also because it has broader implications for who we are as a nation. How do we treat each other? To what standard do we hold our government?