The year trans* rights made the mainstream

GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has historically been a mixed bag in terms of the seriousness with which they’ve approached the needs of transgender and genderqueer people compared to cisgender lesbian, gay, or otherwise queer people. That said, their rundown of “trans stories” of 2013 is enlightening and shows some of the progress the organization has made.

With Melissa Harris-Perry’s coverage of Cece McDonald’s trial on MSNBC, the Washington DC Office of Human Rights’ (or OHR) pro-trans* visibility campaign, and Argentina’s political decision to allow citizens to decide what their gender identity should be listed as on their identification cards without traditional third party oversight (the first such national policy ever), this has been a landmark year for trans* visibility. There are many flawed policies and hostile attitudes that harm and restrict trans* individuals the world over, but it seems that in several ways the groundwork for establishing a better future has been laid.

(A translated advertisement of the new policies that was produced in Argentina, from here.)

The world has begun changing because of the hard work of many trans* activists, and that’s something we should celebrate.

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