Last Week Tonight: Transgender Rights

There’s no doubt that the transgender community has been gaining a lot of media attention lately. I’ve seen a few television stories on transgender issues, but a lot of them have been sub-par at best.

On Sunday, John Oliver’s main story on “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” covered transgendered rights, and like almost all of LWT’s main stories, it was funny, but very informational and revealing. I may be bias because LWT is one of my favorite shows on T.V., but overall, the segment was among the best I’ve seen regarding transgender issues.

He talked about how far society’s come regarding transgender individuals but also the many ways transgender individuals are still one of society’s most marginalized groups.

He goes into the scrutiny transgender individuals face on the daily, the dehumanization of transgender individuals by several institutions and the media’s tactless questions about transgender individuals’ private parts (wtf, right?). He also goes into the fact that sexuality and genitalia are not indicative of gender identity. Watch the clip above.

“Some transgender people do undergo hormone therapy or sexual reassignment surgery as part of their transition, some do not. And interestingly, their decision on this matter is, medically speaking, none of your fucking business.”

– John Oliver, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”, 6/28/15



One Reply to “Last Week Tonight: Transgender Rights”

  1. Trans-gender topics have been in the news and it is interesting to listen to everyone’s opinions. Like many others who offer opinions, I am not trans-gender nor can I identify with what it may be like to live each day as a trans-gender person, BUT I firmly believe that everyone has the right to be their true selves. While everyone is busy talking about gender issues..its time to do something for those who are trans-gender. For example, why not lobby for insurance companies to fully cover reassignment surgery for those who wish to change? I also believe that it is a topic which should be embraced within the schools. From what I have read, many trans-gender people sense a difference from the time they are young children. I think it must be an amazing time to be LGBT, but there is still a long way to go!


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