As I’ve been mulling a lot lately over the relationship between the LGB-equality and transgender-equality movements, a New York Times’ feature on LGBT issues from October 15 piqued my interest. In an installment of its regular “Room for Debate” series, the newspaper invited six esteemed contributors to address the question, “Are ‘Trans Rights’ and ‘Gay Rights’ Still Allies?”
As far as the Times’ piece goes, I’ve admittedly arrived a little late to this discussion. But the issues haven’t become less important in two weeks’ time, and the Times’ piece deserves additional attention—and critique. In this first post on the topic, I’ll criticize the Times’ strange framing of the debate, which reflects (and risks creating) confusion about the state of transgender equality in the U.S.
A follow-up post will take a closer look at how the six contributors responded to the Times’ questions, with a focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.