The Silencing and the Vocalization of the Transgender Latin American Identity and the Transgender Latinx Identity
Moran, Mary Katherine
Washington and Lee University -- Capstone in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Transgender people -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Discrimination in law enforcement
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Mary Katherine Moran is a member of the Class of 2019 of Washington and Lee University.Capstone Paper and Poster; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]Throughout Latin America and the United States, transgender individuals experience a political and social silencing and loss of personhood due to their transgression of the rigid gender binary. In the United States, transgender Latinx individuals are subject to the intersection of racial oppression and anti-transgender discrimination that work individually and jointly to strip one of their own humanity. The rates of violence against trans Latinx individuals exemplifies their societal rejection and loss of personhood, and the lack of publicity, public awareness, and public reaction regarding these widespread instances of violence emphasizes the silencing of this group of people. On local, national, and international levels, with aid from media and the internet, transgender Latin American/Latinx communities have come together both physically and virtually to provide each other support and solidarity through shared experiences and identity and to give one another an audience for individual vocalization and platform for vocalization of the identity to work to affirm a sense of humanity and value that they may feel denied. In many cases, the majority of transgender Latin American/Latinx advocacy arises from these communities. The legislation passed and rights granted in various countries across the region since the 1990s reflect the heard voices of these individuals and the increasing polarity of attitudes regarding LGBTQ+ issues and specifically transgender issues throughout the region. Despite the discrimination, violence, and silencing transgender Latin American/Latinx individuals continue to face in Latin America and the United States, in varying degrees depending on the specific area, the transgender Latin American and transgender Latinx voice has grown in volume and strength, leading to passed legislation, linguistic changes, widespread advocacy groups, greater media attention, education of the general public, and increased public awareness of the presence, experience, and demands of those that identify as transgender Latin American/Latinx as a group within but distinctly different from the predominantly white transgender identity, predominantly cisgenderLatinAmericanor Latinx identity,andpredominantlywhiteand cisgenderLGBTQ+ identity. [From the poster]Mary Kate Moran