Watch this lovely primer on America's transgender rights movement since the 1960s

The American Civil Liberties Union has released a brief overview of the transgender rights movement, focusing on the 1960s and 1970s, beautifully illustrated by Molly Crabapple.

One of the talking points of anti-transgender conservatives is that being transgender is a recent fad, despite gender non-conforming people existing in every culture and time throughout human history. This piece focuses on civil rights battles in the 1960s and 1970s, a pivotal time in the modern movement that started in earnest about a century ago.


In one comprehensive survey of over 27,000 transgender individuals in 2015, almost one in three respondents reported living in poverty, over half reported being denied health care related to their gender transition, one of every four indicated that they did not seek medical attention at all due to fear of discrimination and more than three of every four reported experiencing harassment in school because they were trans, ultimately leading to 17% of respondents dropping out of secondary school altogether.

If you haven't yet, I hope you'll consider becoming a supporter and member of the ACLU.

A Trans History: Time Marches Forward And So Do We (YouTube / acluvideos)