While the push toward marriage equality in the U.S. sits in the spotlight, there’s another movement underway, one that’s gaining momentum and promises to grow into a leading political contender: The transgender movement.
Transgender people are coming together to create a bona fide political movement. Formal organizations are starting up, creating infrastructure to make demands of those in charge and hold them accountable. A critical mass of us are moving past getting angry and moving on to getting politically savvy, building a network of activists pushing for social change. We’re starting to rake up smaller victories that lay the groundwork for larger culture shifts. For example, of the 16 state laws protecting trans people against employment discrimination, 14 of them passed within the last decade, representing a groundswell of political organizing and public education. –Rodrigo Lehtinen