Professor Ghilaine McDayter
Discrimination of Transgeders within America
“Every single day, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people get fired from their jobs simply because of who they are. When employers discriminate, we all lose because hardworking, qualified Americans are out of a job. We need everyone to tell Congress clearly why ENDA needs to pass and pass quickly. The march is a great opportunity for people to get resources and skills to make this happen. Jobs, families, and even lives, are depending on this,” said Mara Keisling. Keisling is the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality and was speaking about the Employment-Non Discrimination Act. The act will hopefully impose stronger discrimination laws, more laws pertaining to transgender rights, as well as simple things such as bathrooms and locker room rules. Transgender people undergo vast discrimination within many areas of their lives including the workplace, schoolyards, as well as within society as a whole and the discrimination has a very substantial effect on their emotions, family, and social life.
“Perhaps the most salient developmental task of adolescence is that of developing a sense of identity,” (Erikson, 1950). Finding ones self in adolescence is already difficult enough but attempting to figure out your identity when you don’t even know if you are a boy or a girl makes the process that much harder. “Developing a positive identity within a heterocentric social environment can be especially challenging for GLBT you the because there are often sever social penalties, such as ostracism, taunting, and even violence, for not conforming to socially approved dating practices and gender expression norms.” (Morrow, pg.1) Even as transgender and homosexual youth do indeed find their true self and have confirmed his or her identity they still have the daunting task of making this identity fit within the social scheme of...