Black, Transgender and in Prison

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  • Free at Last
  • What It Means to Be Transgender
  • My Identity Makes Me a Target
  • Abuse From Authority
  • Isolated in Isolation
  • Sexual Assault
  • The Fight for Equalityv
  •  How You Can Help

What It Means to Be Transgender

Transgender people are those whose psychological self ("gender identity") differs from the social expectations for the physical sex they were born with. Although many people associated transgender with sex operations, not all those who identify as transgender have surgically changed their sex. A 2011 report found that there are nearly 700,000 transgender adults in America.

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