He, She and Ze for Equality

Updated: May 3

The purpose of writing these posts is to call out the injustice that could result from supporting stereotypes.

Just as women empowerment is not just a woman’s issue, discrimination against the transgender community is not just an LGBTQ issue. Gender inclusivity continues to lag until all genders get equal opportunities and social justice. And the transgender and non-binary community are among the most abused.

Although there are many issues faced by transgender, the awareness about them is little. Sadly our society discriminates against them excessively. Members of this community face hatred and violence regularly. Many live in unsafe environments. They are singled out, bullied and harassed. People who don’t hate them choose to ignore them when it comes to offering opportunities. Shocking but true, such individuals are often abandoned even by parents sometimes. 31 March is celebrated by the LGBTQ community as the Transgender Day of Visibility (or TDOV). This is a very recent development in the long discriminatory history of the LGBTQ community.

According to CNN, TDOV is dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide, as well as a celebration of their contributions to society. It was founded by US-based transgender activist Rachel Crandall of Michigan in 2009. It was started as a day of awareness to celebrate the successes of transgender and gender-nonconforming people and is an important day for the LGBTQ community. While the Transgender Day of Remembrance (or TDOR) is held every year on November 20 to memorialize the transgender people who have lost their lives as a result of anti-transgender violence, TDOV is a day dedicated to honor and empower the lives of transgender and non-binary people.

Even in this age of information overload, a majority of people are confused and misinformed about the issues surrounding sexual orientation, which is an obstacle on the path to gender equality. To understand gender nuances check this and this for gender-related terms.

Because we are used to binary thinking, people also commonly confuse gender with sexual orientation. Some people might assume, for instance, that being transgender is the same thing as being gay. Other people might assume that your gender determines your sexual orientations (e.g., if you’re a man, you’ll be attracted to women, and if you’re a woman, you’ll be attracted to men). Sexual orientation is distinct from gender identity, and also falls along a spectrum.

The Trevor Project’s identified more than 100 gender identities that otherwise popularly get grouped together under the transgender umbrella. Read the full report here and also know the pronouns they prefer.

They published a guide explaining the gender nuances among other things so that people are able to better support the trans and non-binary individuals and help create a safer, kinder and more accepting world.

Spread awareness, discuss and support the gender equality movement.

This post is written for Blogchatter's #CauseAChatter campaign. You can read the earlier posts on gender talk here and here.