We as a society have been through the abolition of slavery, the Industrial Revolution, the Women’s Rights, Civil Rights, LGBT movements and two massive World Wars that have changed the narrative of our world. Yet, as a country where we pride ourselves on our equality, democracy and human rights, we still have a major social issue with systemic racism and the media has had a big hand in perpetuating that.
Much like muggle born wizards striving to live fairly in spite of Voldemort’s world, many members of the transgender community have risen up to defend themselves and all genders inside the military after Trump’s insensitive transgender ban was set out.
The debate about transgender rights is more heated than ever now that society is beginning to open its arms to diversity. While transgender people are protected by the law, they are not treated with the equality that they deserve as human beings. Early this month, a high school in Illinois was ordered by federal authorities to allow a transgender student access to the girls’ locker room. Prior to this ruling, the student, who was assigned male at birth, was required to change and shower in …
While the average person can logically determine that the case made by a transgender girl and her family against a high school in Illinois for not being allowed to use the girl’s locker room has nothing to do with prejudice, it did not change how ostracized the unidentified student felt.
Born in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, Mia Yamamoto knew oppression from the very beginning of her life. “I was born doing time,” she joked. It would seem that she was destined for her life as a criminal defense attorney due to her passion for working to help those whom the rest of society would have given up on. Mia knows about having people give up on you. Her older brother hasn’t spoken to her going on eight years due to the …
We as a society must find a better way to reach out to our transgender citizens. Transgender people already deal with societal discrimination and dismissal from family members based on their gender identities, but apparently they must also deal with suicide. The largest study of transgender people to date was recently released with shocking numbers.
It is not only fair, but also morally just to aid those in our nation in whatever way necessary. In a universal health care plan, everyone should be included.