The human rights transgender people deserve are not going to be advanced in a day, or a few weeks; the struggle for equality has been happening for over 100 years.
In recent headlines a transgender Filipino woman, Jeffrey Laude, 26, was found dead in a hotel room. Laude’s family, and two witnesses came forward to file murder charges. A United States Marine is the suspect of the murder, which the autopsy reports a death due to asphyxiation by drowning.
More and more transgender people are coming out to help others face the struggles and feelings that come with identifying as a gender not assigned at birth. Laura Jane Grace is a transgender woman who many may know from the punk rock band, Against Me! Grace came out as transgender in 2012. Two years later in 2014 the band released their sixth studio album titled, Transgender Dysphoria Blues. The album deals with Grace’s coming out and her gender dysphoria.
Transgender people face the challenges of being their true selves and society doesn’t make it any easier. Outlined in a report by the Williams Institute over 40% of transgender people attempt suicide. When a transgender person comes out they will most likely face discrimination, violence, sexual assault, death, or harassment. These experiences will be at the hands of the police, the public, classmates, family, and even a United States Marine, in Laude’s case. When faced with these injustices coming out is one of the hardest options and suicide becomes an attractive alternative. It takes courage to come out and confront the inequality of being transgender.