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US: Not a 'two-sides issue': Transgender people exist. Why is there a debate over whether they should have rights?

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Why is there a debate over whether they should have rights ? Susan Miller, USA TODAY USA TODAY. Favorite. “Everything everyone else is concerned with, we are concerned with, too,” said Coleman, founder and executive director of Destination Tomorrow, an LGBTQ center in the Bronx. But those people are navigating 2021 amid a noisy debate over rights that has dominated headlines in the months leading up to Transgender Awareness Week this week, a debate that at its core undercuts the humanity of someone who is transgender .

Why is there a debate over whether they should have rights ? For a transgender person to feel like their very existence is being debated – or denied – is devastating, experts say. Elijah McClain death: Aurora to pay M to family of Black man in federal civil rights suit settlement →.

In the U.S., 1.4 million adults identify as transgender.

Some dazzle in films and on stage. Some light up sports arenas. Some smash barriers in elections to public office.

And many are like the people Sean Ebony Coleman knows, “those folks in the Bronx just getting on the 2 train,” the ones whose security isn’t assured by high-profile visibility, whose rigors of daily life revolve around housing, food, a living wage.

People rally at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 6, 2021, against a bill that would ban transgender students from playing on school sports teams that align with their gender identities. © Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman-USA TODAY People rally at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 6, 2021, against a bill that would ban transgender students from playing on school sports teams that align with their gender identities.

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People have been arguing over how transgender athletes should fit into sports for years, with much of the discussion centered on scientific-sounding arguments around testosterone levels, muscle mass, win-loss records, and the like. People —who often are not trans —throw out possibilities for what would acceptably allow a trans Science isn’t going to win this one. When the argument turns to strangers trying to affirm or deny my identity on the basis of biological particulars, I head for the hills like the dinosaurs in Fantasia running from the T. rex. That’s because trans rights are not a scientific issue .

PDF | The debate over whether transgender individuals should be allowed to use the public restrooms (including locker rooms and changing issued by the Obama administration concerning this. In other words, people should be. treated differently only if there is a relevant reason to. do so.

“Everything everyone else is concerned with, we are concerned with, too,” said Coleman, founder and executive director of Destination Tomorrow, an LGBTQ center in the Bronx.

But those people are navigating 2021 amid a noisy debate over rights that has dominated headlines in the months leading up to Transgender Awareness Week this week, a debate that at its core undercuts the humanity of someone who is transgender.

“It’s easier to take away someone’s rights if they don’t exist,” Coleman said.

The year has been a tough one in many ways for transgender people. Anti-transgender legislation brewed in state legislatures, including at least 75 bills that would block trans youths' participation in sports and 40 that would deny youths gender-affirming medical care, according to the Equality Federation and the Movement Advancement Project, which track state laws.

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Whether it is gender in brain structures for transgender people , or gender in the body for intersex folks, you cannot really deny biology. There is real science to back up the existence of transgender people and intersex people . Check with biologists and neuroscientists if you doubt. Be prepared to accept the fact that there is a lot of pseudoscience revolving around the transgender phenomenon. If you intend to debate a person who makes this claim, they will likely be able to easily provide proof to support their argument on that basis.

Why do people assume that just because you don't think transgender people are correct about being the other gender , that it means you think such people should be mistreated or denied actual rights ? Whether or not there is or will be conclusive evidence, we must accept the reality that transgender people exist and can do what they want with their bodies, just as we can do with ours what we please without intervention from other humans. Yes, it is true that a transgender person cannot physically change their biology but most transgender people aren’t arguing that.

In October, Texas became the latest state to join the fray when Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that restricts transgender students' participation in school sports. The law, which takes effect Jan. 18, effectively bans transgender students from playing on school sports teams that align with their gender identities.

School board meetings have seen fiery uproars over books and trans-inclusive policies. A Virginia school’s equity initiative allowing transgender students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity even roiled the state’s recent governor’s race.

For a transgender person to feel like their very existence is being debated – or denied – is devastating, says Jay Brown, a senior vice president with the Human Rights Campaign.

“It is very dehumanizing,” he said. “Like you are standing there as a person and you exist and people are talking about you as if you don’t.”

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"Tranny" and "shemale" are the slurs most commonly used against trans people online, according to a study. Anti-bullying charity Ditch The Label and its analytics partner Brandwatch described the harassment as being "inhumane". Researchers analysed 10 million posts on the topic of transgender identity, shared from the UK and the US over a period of three-and-a-half years. They said more than 1.5 million of them were anti- trans . Other common transphobic themes of online posts included misgendering people - purposefully labelling somebody as a gender that they do not identify as.

The transgender community “for a long time has been a go-to source for fearmongering when it comes to politics,” he said. “A lot of folks still don’t know us. And in the absence of knowing us there are misunderstandings, doubts and confusion. Some of that is at play and being politicized.”

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Coleman, whose nonprofit provides services that help reroute individuals from needing emergency care, agrees. Many people don’t recognize that the transgender community is “part of the American fabric because for so long we had to hide our gender identity.”

Transgender youths in the crosshairs

The focus on trans youths by some elected officials has been particularly troublesome, said Brown, who recalls the same “scare tactics” that targeted young people coming out as gay and lesbian in earlier years.

"Most of us now believe that gay kids exist,” he said. “We have got to catch up to the reality that trans kids do exist, too.”

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A new study in Transgender Health from researchers at The Trevor Project, which provides crisis and suicide prevention services for those under 25, underlines the importance of a climate of acceptance for young people.

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Among the findings:

• Transgender and nonbinary youths who reported gender identity acceptance from at least one adult in their life had 33% lower odds of reporting a past-year suicide attempt.

• Transgender and nonbinary youths who reported high gender identity acceptance from their parents had 43% lower odds of attempting suicide.

• Transgender and nonbinary youths had 33% lower odds of attempting suicide when recognized by school professionals.

The study should “should send a clear message to all people who know a transgender or nonbinary young person that they can have a profound impact by simply being accepting,” said Amit Paley, Trevor Project CEO and executive director.

Putting transgender youths in the crosshairs has real-life consequences on the mental health of those already grappling with high rates of discrimination and bullying, Paley said. “Words and actions matter, especially from those in positions of power. We urge all adults with large platforms to consider the weight of their words.”

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Media has role in spreading awareness

There are more young people coming out than in previous generations, and people are more aware there are more than just two genders, said Serena Sonoma, communications coordinator for LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD.

But there are still those who don’t know a transgender person and that’s where the media plays a role with accuracy, inclusion and respectful coverage, they said. Journalists help shape “how people know and understand the unfamiliar.”

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While op-ed columns are a different dynamic than a news story, commentary that reflects anti-trans voices can have a toxic impact, Sonoma said. “Op-eds can insult people’s dignity and cause harm to vulnerable people. … Unchecked facts, lies and misinformation shouldn’t be spread freely on public platforms.”

Simply put, Sonoma said, there should be no firestorm over someone’s rights. “A person’s existence and basic humanity are not something that can be a two-sides issue to begin with.”

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