First Step in The Right Direction
by Mrive4 on April 26, 2014 - 10:16pm
Discrimination is not only targeted against race, but also sexuality. Discrimination against transgenders is a big social issue that we face today. Emily Cao brought up the issue that transgenders face in the medical field. By doing research on health clinics and support groups, she believes that it will have an overall view on how the medical system deals with transgender people and how discrimination of transgender people goes against human rights.
A nonprofit organization that corresponds with your concern for transgenders and their health care issues is an organization located in Minnesota that does work nationally. This organization is called Gender Education Center (GEC). This organization focuses on providing businesses, educational institutions and organizations the opportunity to learn about the transgender community. GEC works side by side with transgenders who are simply trying to live their lives like ordinary people. When transgendered people are turned away by organizations of agencies the GEC advocates for that individual person and or group as a whole. They advocate for change in the work environment, government, schools, and health care systems. They teach on basic human right issues with people who identify themselves as different gendered, GEC also works with the youth who are questioning their sexuality and gender identity.(Davis)
A social theory that relates to this issue would be Karl Marx’s theory on Alienation of the self being. Marx’s states “Man is a species-being not only in that practically and theoretically he makes both his own and others species into his objects, but also, and this is only another way of putting the same thing, he relates to himself as to the present, living species, in that he relates to himself as to a universal and therefore free being.” Meaning, that transgender are free to choose what he wants and to be who he wants. Moreover, “The statement that man is alienated from his species-being means that one man is alienated from another as each of them is alienated from the human essence. The alienation of man and in general of every relationship in which man stands to himself is first realized and expressed in the relationship with which man stands to other men.” Meaning that alienating certain groups of humans, such as transgenders is not only alienating them from society, but alienating them from themselves and their right to be a free individual.
Transgenders are covered under the Human Rights Act which covers housing, public relations, and employment. The GEC spends a lot of their time working with company’s and employers explaining to them the rights that transgenders have and that you cannot discriminate against a transgender. GEC has given over 180 workshops in the workplace on these issues. It has been proven that over the last four years the GEC gave 232 presentations and workshops involving 8,200 participants. In the last seventeen years GEC has been to colleges and universities 500 times, 72 high, middle, and elementary schools, and have given 192 workshops to members of the medical field and other helping professions. They have also held 182 training sessions for companies and corporations. (Davis).
I agree with Emily’s article in that discrimination against not only LGBT needs to stop, but specifically the discrimination against transgenders from doctors and other health care administrative. I strongly believe that this organization could help point you in the right direction and raise awareness to this very important issue. GEC is great in the face that it teaches freedom of gender expression, the elimination of unfair discrimination, a working and healthy relationship with the health care community, and a meaningful place where transgenders can go when they face an issue such as this, and know that they will get the proper support and help that they need. The statistics from the website alone support my theory on how well organized and successful this non-profit is. Discrimination is a violation of human rights and serious steps need to be taken in order for things to change. GEC is the first step to the right direction.