As I was reading “My Words to Victor Frankenstein”, by Susan Stryker. A lot of transgender related issues started to occur in my head. From equal rights to murders, transgender people deal with these issues on a daily basis. I never thought about it in too much depth, but now looking at it, they may be dealing with these issues on a daily basis because they are viewed as “monsters”.
In America, rights and equality for transgenders has improved significantly, and is continuing to improve. In today’s AMERICA, transgender people are to be treated equally in private and public areas such as in schools, work, restaurants, etc. This progression wouldn’t have been possible without the influence of several advocates, athletes, celebrities, etc. All though these rights and laws have been put in place, why is it that many trans gender people continue struggle in today’s environment? Many people may think “what more do they want”? The answer to that probably is, acceptance.
Although laws and rights have been put in place for trans people, they are still constantly judged and viewed as “monsters”. People probably judge in places where the shouldn’t judge at all. For example when a trans person fills out a job application, the application usually has something written like “We do not discriminate…”. Although that is what the application says, there is no guarantee on how the interviewer will view the trans interviewee as. Face to face the interviewer may be all excited to see you and what not, but in his/her might they might be like “Oh my God, this person is a trans”. That judgement can be either negative or positive and have an affect on rather if he/she will be hired or not.
There has been tremendous progression for trans people in America. But this progression won’t matter unless the “regular people” stop looking at trans people as “monsters”. Continuous negative judgement towards trans people won’t only hold as back from being progressive society, but it will also hold us back from realizing that these monsters are regular human beings too.