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Notable Events in 2017

In this moment in time, we are seeing a tremendous amount of attention and activism surrounding transgender and gender nonconforming people and the issues they face, and yet there are still many battles to be won.

January 21, 2017 – Janet Mock, author, speaker, and advocate spoke to millions at the Women’s March on Washington, where she urged for intersectional and inclusive movement that encompassed: trans women, undocumented people, sex workers, and disabled folk. “I stand here today, most of all, because I am my sister’s keeper…Our approach to freedom need not be identical, but it must be intersectional and inclusive.”

March 30, 2017 – Legislation regarding transgender issues is now so frequent that it is being tracked by the National Conference of State Legislatures. In 2017, 16 states have considered legislation that would restrict use of Bathrooms to those consistent with assigned sex at birth. Six states have considered legislation to preempt local laws offering protections. And 14 states have considered laws that would limit transgender student’s rights at school.

June 2017 – Oregon became the first state in the US to allow a third gender option on licenses and identification cards, the new rule allows people to put an “X” marker on state IDs and driver’s licenses instead of the traditional “M” for male or “F” for female.

June 26, 2017 – President Trump declared on Twitter that he will ban transgender people from serving the military, which was an unexpected reversal of an Obama administration decision to allow them to serve openly. However, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford released a statement saying: “There will be no modifications to the current policy until the president’s iskenderun escort has been received by the secretary of defense and the secretary has issued implementation guidance.”

Since January 1, 2017, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) reports at least 21 transgender people fatally shot or killed by other violent means.

As of 2017 only 20 states have non-discrimination laws that clearly include gender identity and sexual orientation protection. Efforts to pass federal legislation have not been successful.


Historical Timeline

Below are images of the transgender data timeline panels displayed at the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project exhibition in Elmer L. Anderson Library at the University of Minnesota. PDF files of the panels can be downloaded here.

Click on a panel to enlarge the image.

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