What human rights are transgenders deprived of at this time?
Without writing a lengthy essay here on RJ, the short and over-simplified answer is that many transgender people in the U.S. and elsewhere are not protected under existing anti-discrimination and harassment legislation because of the difficulties this population faces in terms of obtaining legal recognition of their sex and gender (identity documentation). Without any legal recognition of their affirmed sex and/or gender, these folk can lawfully be dismissed from their employment, refused access to housing, goods and services (including healthcare) and, have few legal avenues open to them if they are harassed on the grounds of their sex or gender identity/expression.
In regards to human rights, more specifically - many parts of the U.S. and other countries, including Australia (which I am most familiar with), transgender people are often deprived of the following:
- the right to non-discrimination (articles 2(1) and 26)
- the right to protection from torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (article 7)
- the right of persons deprived of their liberty to be treated with humanity and - dignity (article 10(1))
- freedom of movement and travel (article 12)
- the right to recognition before the law (article 16)
- freedom from arbitrary interference with privacy and/or family life (article 17)
- freedom of expression (article 19)
- the right to marry and found a family (article 23).
I suggest reading up on the the Yogyakarta Principles for more on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity if that takes your fancy...
For more on specifically how transgender folk are/are not protected in the U.S, see: http://www.hrc.org/issues/transgender.asp
Combine all of the above with a society that is extremely intolerant of sex and gender diversity, and the results are a hostile social climate that produces, unsurprisingly, higher rates of suicide and self-harm, alcohol and other drug misuse, and experiences of violent hate-crimes. Mortality data from the U.S. (which is consistent with some European countries) reveals that suicide, followed by homicide, are the leading causes of death for transgender people.
If you think all this stuff merely constitutes ass kissing in the name of political correctness, than I guess I would be willing to offer the governments of the world a rim job
in exchange for some fundamental rights