Transgender Discrimination Essay

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“People changed lots of other personal things all the time. They dyed their hair and dieted themselves to near death. They took steroids to build muscles and got breast implants and nose jobs so they'd resemble their favourite movie stars. They changed names and majors and jobs and husbands and wives. They changed religions and political parties. They moved across the country or the world -- even changed nationalities. Why was gender the one sacred thing we weren’t supposed to change? Who made that rule?” Ellen Wittlinger, Parrotfish The social justice issue I have chosen as the topic of my essay is transgender discrimination Social justice is defined by oxford dictionary as “ justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities and privileges within society.” However, a more detailed description of social justice is defined by Matthew Robinson as “promoting a just society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity, all people are a common humanity and therefore have a right to equitable treatment, support for their human rights and a fair allocation of community resources. In conditions of social justice, people are not discriminated against, nor their welfare and well-being constrained or prejudiced on the basis of gender, sexuality, religion, political affiliations, age, race, belief, disability, social class, or other characteristics of background or group membership.” Transgender is defined by gendercentre.org as: if you live, have lived, or want to live as a member of the opposite gender (sex) to your birth gender. In N.S.W under the anti-discrimination law you are legally counted as transgender if you: • Want to live as a member of your preferred gender (opposite to your birth gender) • Are in the process of changing over to your preferred gender • Live as a member of your preferred gender • Have lived as a member of your

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