Critical Understanding and Analysis of the Transgender Communities

CriticalUnderstanding and Analysis of the Transgender Communities

CriticalUnderstanding and Analysis of the Transgender Communities

Transgenderis currently among the most controversial issues in the society. Thearticle “Bathrooms a big deal in transgender rules debate”discussed the challenges that people with different gender identitiesor orientation from the sex that their parents assigned to them faceon a daily basis. The article was authored by Greg Kesich andpublished on the website of the Equality Maine Organization. The mainsource of the struggles that the transgender people as well as othermembers of the LGBTQ go through is the community’s lack ofunderstanding of the fact that people have different feelings andperspectives about sexuality. This misunderstanding has resulted in afeeling of insecurity among the transgender people (Shawn &ampJuliann, 2014).

Thechallenges that transgender people face in the society can also beattributed to the reaction of the society towards their perceptionand efforts made to accommodate them in the society. For example,Kesich (n.d) reported that over 90 % of them have suffered fromderogatory comments. Consequently, more than one third of thesepeople feel insecure, while half of them feel threatened to an extentthat they miss the school in order to avoid being harassed. Peoplewith the idea of establishing separate bathrooms for transgenderpeople should be guided by the concepts of equality andanti-discrimination. They need to comprehend that the psychologicalwellbeing and academic interests of the affected students mattersmore than the bathrooms. The lack of information about the benefitsof inclusion in schools is the major factor that has limited theefforts made to create a safe environment that accommodates alllearners, irrespective of their sexual orientation. Therefore,measures taken by the stakeholders should seek to provide informationabout transgender issues in order to facilitate an effective debateon the construction of separate bathrooms.

PersonalOpinion

AlthoughKesich’s article is short, it addressed critical issues that shouldbe included in the discussion about the rights of transgenderstudents. I agree with most of the issues disused in the article. Forexample, the laws that are intended to protect transgender and othermembers of the minority groups have been formulated, but they are notenforced as it would be expected (Redfern, 2014). In addition, Iagree with Kesich (n.d) on the fact that the lack of understandingamong the non-members of LGBTQ about the perceptions of thetransgender students is one of the key causes of insecurity inschools. An idea that the Human Rights Commission has beenpropagating moral decay by organizing meetings to educate the societyabout the rights of the transgender indicates the lack ofunderstanding.

MakingThings Better as a Policy-Maker

Theformulation of laws that make the discrimination against transgenderlearners in schools illegal is an appropriate measure. However, aneffective policy maker would apply two additional strategies tocreate a safe environment for the affected persons. First, theenforcement of the anti-discrimination laws is critical to theprocess of establishing a safe school environment. According toKesich (n.d) these laws were established five years prior to thepublication of the article, but they had not been enforced in aneffective way. Secondly, an effective policy maker would emphasize oncivic education programs that will enlighten the society about therights as well as the perceptions of transgender people. Theseprograms will clear the existing misunderstandings.

Inconclusion, the debate on transgender is filled with emotions andmany people are rarely willing to allow the informed stakeholders(such as the Human Rights Commission) educate them. From Kesich’sarticle, members of the society are guided by their moral values thathelp them judge transgender students, instead of accommodating them.Therefore, a combination of civic education and laws can result inthe establishment of a safe environment and ensure that transgenderlearners can enjoy the bathrooms of their choice.

References

Kesich,G. (n.d). Bathrooms a big deal in transgender rules debate. EqualityMaine.Retrieved September 11, 2016 fromhttp://equalitymaine.org/in-the-news/bathrooms-big-deal-transgender-rules-debate

Redfern,S. (2014). Nationwide survey of attitudes of law enforcementpersonnel towards transgender individuals. Journalof Law Enforcement,4 (1), 1-24.

Shawn,W. &amp Juliann, C. (2014). Communicationand culture in your life.Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.