By Georgia Ray
Georgia Ray is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania studying cognitive science with a minor in American public policy.
Transgender people in America face unprecedented rates of violence and discrimination. 72% of hate violence homicides in 2013 were against transgender women , and almost 60% of transgender Americans avoid using public restrooms for fear of harassment . While 14% of Americans live in poverty, 29% of transgender people find themselves below the poverty line . It is clear from these statistics that the transgender experience is different than that of the average American. As such, the law has been called to evolve in order to incorporate the transgender experience in a fair and reasonable way. This evolution has not been without debate, and the way the law approaches transgender rights and protections is constantly changing. That said, growth espouses change, and to ensure our national wellbeing, our laws must adapt to meet cultural transitions.