Transgender in America: Gender Identity and the Struggle for Civil Rights

A protester holds an American flag and rainbow flag in front of the Miami-Dade Courthouse to show his support of the LGBTQ couples inside the courthouse were asking the state of Florida to recognize their marriage on July 2, 2014 in Miami, Florida.  - Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A protester holds an American flag and rainbow flag in front of the Miami-Dade Courthouse to show his support of the LGBTQ couples inside the courthouse were asking the state of Florida to recognize their marriage on July 2, 2014 in Miami, Florida.

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Transgender in America: Gender Identity and the Struggle for Civil Rights

There are 1.5 million transgender people in the US. What it means to be “trans," and the struggle for civil rights and acceptance in American society.

Throughout history, there have always been people who defied gender norms. In the nineteen-fifties, Americans met Christine Jorgensen, a soldier who was born a man but was determined to live her life as a woman. In the decades that followed, a transformation in understanding and defining transgender people has taken place. Last year, psychiatry’s diagnostic manual replaced gender identity disorder with gender dysphoria. Medicare now covers sex-change surgery. And a new California law requires schools to allow students to use facilities and join sports teams that match their gender identity. Understanding transgender people and their struggle for civil rights and acceptance in American society.

Guests

Mara Keisling

founding executive director, National Center for Transgender Equality. Mara is a transgender-identified woman and a parent.

Katy Steinmetz

reporter, TIME magazine

Aidan Key

gender specialist, Gender Diversity group; works with public and private schools K-12 to create gender-inclusive learning environments, identify measures to decrease bullying, and provide assistance with gender-transitioning students or employees

Dr. Julie Eastin, Ph.D.

director, Behavioral Health Mt. Vernon at Chase Brexton Health Care, Inc.

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