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  1. Introduction
  2. The liberation movement
  3. Issues of the activists'
  4. Transmen as gender traitors
  5. Gender identity and gender expression
  6. The women's movement
  7. The binary divisions of gender
  8. Conclusion
  9. Work cited

After beginning a course devoted to sexual identities, and seeing the breakdown of each on the syllabus, I noticed one omission from the standard group of letters I'd been accustomed to seeing. There was the ?L' for lesbian, ?G' for gay, ?B' for bisexual, and even a ?Q' for queer or questioning, but no ?T'. After thinking for a moment, it made perfect sense that transgender studies wouldn't be included in the course, because after all, being trans isn't a sexual identity it's a gender identity.

Then I began wondering why, given the distinct difference between sexuality and gender, the ?T' was included in a group where all the others were joining forces due to a shared aspect of their identities, and oppressions. Furthermore, after becoming more consciously aware of this separation, I also began to notice instances in which transgender individuals or issues were specifically pointed out (as if to separate them further) or intentionally withheld from discussions about equality and rights?not just by politicians but by members of the gay community as well.

[...] Gender and sexuality are like two lines intersecting on a graph, and trying to make them parallel undoes the very notion of homo-, hetero- or bisexuality.? (Stryker) Rosemary Auchmuty even goes as far as to suggest that, under a feminist argument, as far as government is concerned, there would actually be more interest in serving trans rights (especially with regards to helping provide sex reassignment surgeries) because ?they would rather have people living the gender role they want, than have people who are one sex, but stretching the limits of that sex beyond what they would want The would rather have people fitting into heterosexual society.? (Nataf) Just as trans-people have been excluded from organizations or rights movements by the gay community, when only some women are allowed to participate in the women's movement, transphobia within feminism also becomes an issue. [...]

[...] "Transgender Liberation: A Movement Whose Time Has Come" The Transgender Studies Reader. Ed. Susan Stryker and Stephen Whittle. New York: Taylor and Francis Group 205-220. Irving, Dan. "Trans Politics and Anti-Capitalism: An Interview with Dan Irving." Upping the Anti . a journal of theory and action Oct Apr . Johnson, Chris. "Human Rights Campaign [...]

[...] From 1999 to 2003, trans attendees were banned, and a ?Camp Trans? protest was stationed at the festival gates, until the organizers eventually reneged their position. (Devor, Matte) Another more recent source of controversy surfaced with the proposal of ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) which would require federal law to prohibit discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation. Originally proposed over 30 years ago, the version of the bill introduced in April of 2007, for the first time included ?gender identity? within its protections, however, when re-introduced in September of '07, it did not. [...]

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