Introduction

The purpose of this blog is to share our opposition to rules restricting the rights of those who do not identify with the gender assigned to them at birth. Regardless of what gender a person identifies with, we believe that every person should have equal rights and opportunities. Society has recently become more open and accepting, allowing many celebrities and public figures to feel comfortable revealing themselves as transgender. With these individuals openly discussing their gender identity in the media, it promotes others who may be questioning their identity to have the confidence to open up as well. Through this blog, we hope to continue this trend of positivity by encouraging others to become more accepting of all identities. Over the next few months, we will share our views regarding four controversial subtopics within the gender identity debate. We hope that you will continue to check back to read our weekly updates.many-gender

Hannah Geller

My name is Hannah Geller. I am a sophomore communications major on the public relations track at the University of Maryland. In this post, I will be discussing why gender identity is an important issue to me.

I think that it is necessary to study gender identity because sometimes the public misunderstands what gender identity is. People make assumptions before being fully informed.

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To me, gender identity is important because I feel that every individual should be able to be their true self without being judged for it. I know many people who are transgender and I think that they deserve to be treated fairly, without criticism. Gender identity often comes with some sort of stigma and controversy, which I believe is unfair. Some people are intolerant of others who are transgender or might be questioning their gender identity and in my opinion, this is unacceptable. We need to do something as a society to progress and move forward. Our blog will be discussing this issue over the course of the semester!

Daniela Rietti

My name is Daniela Rietti, and I am currently a sophomore public relations major at the University of Maryland, College Park. I grew up in Westchester, New York, and in high school many of the kids in my grade were in the LGBTQ community. Since my town is very small, everyone in the school knew who these people were, and sometimes would make comments or judge them because of it.

I wanted to write about the topic of gender identity in my group’s blog posts because I feel that many individuals around the world do not completely understand what it means to be a transgender man or woman. Nearly one million people in the United States identify as transgender, but often people assume that being transgender means that a person is gay, suffers from mental disabilities, or hates their bodies.

Since gender identity has become a highly conversed topic, I feel that discussing and debunking the myths associated with it is extremely necessary in order for the future of society to become more widely accepted and understood.

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