The term “transgender” is an “umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth.” Some transgender people are given hormones by clinical professionals to change their bodies into what they tend to identify with, while others undergo surgery. Although a good amount of people undergo either surgery or hormonal treatments, not all transgender people perform these procedures, but this does not mean that they are not transgender. Transgender identity does not depend on physical features. (GLAAD)
An issue many transgender people face is the lack of necessary resources available to help in trans-related healthcare. Because of the stigma attached to gender non-conformity, many transgender people have a more difficult time accessing emotional and physical health care that is appropriate for the specific issues they face. One investigator of LGBT mental health explains how “The delicate nature of sexual politics makes research difficult, but it is not the only hurdle scientists face. The proliferation of words used to describe gender identity adds a further complication: scientists need to know if such terms are stable psychological constructs, Qazi Rahman says. ‘That doesn’t mean they are not real or important to people, but researchers need to interrogate these constructs more thoroughly to see if they represent a real ground shift, and are connected in some real sense to non-heterosexual or transgender identities.’” (The Guardian)
Many issues arise within transgender societies, the problem spans from within their immediate environment to a grander scale. For example, the census doesn’t offer any other option but male or female on the census. This results in an inaccurate representation of groups. (Washington Post)
According to the Human Rights Campaign‘s article “Understanding the Transgender Community”, there was a survey in 2016, by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, that said that, 35 percent of likely voters in the United States “personally know or work with someone who is transgender.” That’s more than double the 17 percent who answered yes when asked the same question in 2014. According to this data, we find out that in recent years, transgender people in the U.S. have been thriving. Although they may have many tough issues in society, we are in a time that society is becoming more accepting of these people.