The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has come up with a new video addressing the question, ‘What does it mean to be transgender?’ 2016 has been a particularly tough year for the trans community in the U.S. Transgender bathroom rights have become such a widely debated topic in the country as political leaders like North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and other right wing conservatives continue to sensationalise the issue and advocate for discriminatory bills that rob trans individuals of their rights and freedom.
According to a recent HRC survey, one in three Americans knows someone who’s transgender. That was a historic level of visibility. But with that and the higher level of acceptance also came more bigotry and ignorance. ‘People who are transgender have a gender identity different from our sex assigned at birth,’ wrote Sarah McBride, HRC’s National Press Secretary, in a statement. ‘It’s that simple.’ In HRC’s #ThisIsTransgender video, different trans individuals such as Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox and teen trans activist Jazz Jennings are seen talking about what being trans means to them.