Sep 27, 2019
'A rainbow wave': The rise of America's transgender politicians
From the military and education to healthcare and the workplace, the Trump administration has made some "Pretty significant attacks on trans people," says Sharita. A new rule banning certain transgender people from the military was allowed by the US Supreme Court in January - with legal challenges around this issue ongoing. Under Obama, the US government was prepared to pay the medical costs of transgender people serving in the military. Mark Mellman, a columnist for US political newspaper The Hill, wrote in June that attitudes towards transgender people are improving, partly due to "Increased awareness of those we know and love having different kinds of gender identities". In 2018, there were at least 26 deaths of transgender people in the US from fatal violence, the majority of who were women of colour, according to the Human Rights Campaign - America's largest civil rights organisation.
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