Last week I asked the trans community how gays and lesbians could be more helpful. I did so with a pure heart because when I say I'm part of the LGBT community I sincerely mean it. I believe that despite the vast diversity that makes up our community we are all part of the same family. As such, I want everyone in my family to be treated equally and justly in life, so I'm prepared to work my entire life towards that goal.
The survey Injustice at Every Turn was clear that, under the definition used in the study for "transgender," there is a serious problem in this country. While the conversation in the comments section on my post clearly identified an issue with the label used in the study, "transgender," I did not see many people claiming that the basic conclusions of the study were false.
In fact, I received several e-mails in response to my post from people who identified as transgender and transsexual who confirmed that it is difficult to find and keep employment, housing, and health care. One writer told me about her suicide attempt several weeks ago after losing her job. I will not release their names here, for what I hope are obvious reasons.
Their stories and the comments on my post inspired another question that I wanted to propose to the community.