Most Americans don’t fully understand the daily life challenges facing transgender Americans, or what it takes to address those challenges. For many transgender people, everyday routines—from using public transportation to showing identification—can be exceedingly stressful and risky. The challenges become even greater when transgender Americans have to navigate important life activities such as interviewing for jobs, filling out employment or housing applications, obtaining medical care, or receiving fair treatment in any gender-segregated facility.
In 2008, anti-LGBT activists began to introduce anti-transgender measures as part of a broader campaign against LGBT equality. The messages behind these efforts often are designed to invoke irrational fear of transgender people. Adding to the problem, the transgender movement has lacked a strong, sustainable capability to respond effectively to right-wing attacks.
Despite these challenges, progress is being made on a wide range of issues, such as passage of hate crime laws and non-discrimination laws. These laws help many transgender people support themselves and their families, live more safely and participate more fully in their communities. MAP provides overviews and analyses of key challenges facing transgender people, the evolution of today’s movement for transgender equality, and recommendations for improving the lives of transgender Americans.