According the Merriam- Webster dictionary, the term “Transgender” refers to “a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex.” (Merriam-Webster) Most of the people today who identify as “Transgender”, have many different stories of how they came to be but many of them experience a “transition” and have no time limit of when it comes to be. According to GLAAD.org many of the transgenders “seek to bring their bodies in alignment with their gender. (GLAAD.org) In the transgender society roughly today, in the United States there are roughly 1.4 million people who identify under “transgender.” (Hoffman, New York Times)
Over the years, the Transgender community has fought to gain more recognition and acceptance, but they still face identity issues everyday. Lack of legal protection, harassment, stigma, and barriers to healthcare are just few of the challenges the Transgender community faces. Currently, there are still people against this community, and often times those people belong to a religious group or have religious beliefs that go against Transgenders. In the Christian Bible, for example, there is a verse that states “Women must not wear men’s clothes, and men must not wear women’s clothes. Everyone who does such things is detestable to the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 22:5) Often, verses like this one are utilized in order to condemn the identity of all Transgender, leading to those who belong to this community feel marginalized by not only society, but also religions. This consequently leads Transgenders to feel as if they do not have an identity or do not belong.
The outpour of support in recent years for the LGBTQ community has obviously spurred a thriving community for the transgender people in them. From the pride parades that occur all over the country, it’s not difficult to assert how the transgender community has begun to assimilate into modern day society. The pride parades, stated above, is exactly what it sounds like. People go out and hold a celebration in the wake of expressing who they are as an individual that is also accepting of others. In addition to the festivities held for the LGBTQ and transgender people in specific, there are bars and other businesses that are geared towards the transgender community. In establishments such as these, there are meetups in addition to the cordiality encompassing be entire area.