Gender Identity

By Maria Barraza

Are more laws needed to protect the rights of transgender people? Should Transgender people have equal rights?

Equal Rights.

Transgender people should be treated equally. Transgender people are human too. Transgender people should have equal rights. Transgender people should have the right to use which ever bathroom they feel is right. For example, in the article 'Religious right targets transgender people's use of public bathroom' it states, “I think just about anybody knows what it feels like to desperately need to use a bathroom,” said transgender civil rights advocate Nancy McCormick of San Diego. “Now imagine living your whole life being afraid to use a public bathroom because you don’t want to be assaulted or arrested or being barred from using a public bathroom because someone says it isn't for you.”

More Laws.

There should be more laws because transgender individuals face many challenges in their day-to-day lives. They don't deserve any of the bad treatment that more transgender people get because they shouldn't be bullied or disrespected for what they feel is right for them. In the article 'They're just looking for their place in the world' it states, "First of all," she said, "We are not confused. We know who we are. Being able to participate with your own gender makes life a lot easier -- and this is coming from a kid who was not able to for years. There is so much misinformation out there. It's sad to see anyone believing those lies."

Protect the right of transgender people

More people need to protect the rights of transgender people. They're no different than any other human in this world. They're still human just like the rest of us. In the article 'Many Hurdles Ahead for transgender rights movement' it states, "We need to get more good images in the media, so people can see us as regular people, not as predators," said Tiq Milan of GLAAD's Trans Education and Media Program.

"27 percent of the transgender people surveyed in Washington, D.C., experienced problems using restrooms at work. In some cases, the harassment was so severe that the person changed jobs."

"Cassidy Campbell, 16, reacts after she is crowned 2013 homecoming queen for Marina High School on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 in Huntington Beach, Calif. Upon receiving her crown, Cassidy became the Marina High School's 50th homecoming queen and one of few transgendered teens nationwide to receive such a title. It also marked a lengthy road traveled toward acceptance by her peers and herself."

Work Cited

Abcarian, Robin. "'They're Just Looking for Their Place in the World'." Los Angeles Times. 12 Jan. 2014: A.2. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 04 Feb. 2014.


Flores, Adolfo. "In the Running, As Herself." Los Angeles Times. 19 Sep. 2013: AA.1. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 04 Feb. 2014.


Written by Lisa Neff, Staff Writer Thursday, 14 November 2013


ProQuest Staff. "At Issue: Gender Identity." ProQuest LLC. 2014: n.pag. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 07 Feb. 2014.