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LGBTQ+ History Month Spotlight: Transgender Rights

An overview of the history of transgender rights in the United States

Upcoming Event: Understanding Anti-Trans Legislation Panel

Event: Understanding Anti-Trans Legislation: The Future of Trans Rights in America Panel

Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2023

Time: 5:30 p.m. (Panel), 6:30 p.m. (Reception)

Location: UC Forum A, Hahn University Center & Student Life Pavilion, Alcala Park Way, San Diego, CA 92110

Join USD Pride Law for a thought-provoking and insightful panel discussion as we delve into the pressing issue of the rising tide of anti-trans legislation across the United States. Our esteemed panel of seasoned litigators and legal experts will shed light on the legal challenges faced by transgender individuals and their advocates in an ever-changing legal landscape. All are welcome to attend, just make sure to RSVP.


  • Gender identity refers to a person’s internal sense of being male, female or something else. Gender expression refers to the way a person communicates gender identity to others through behavior, clothing, hairstyles, voice or body characteristics.

  • Transgender is an umbrella term for persons whose gender identity, gender expression or behavior does not conform to that typically associated with the sex to which they were assigned at birth.

    • “Trans” is sometimes used as shorthand for “transgender.” While transgender is generally a good term to use, not everyone whose appearance or behavior is gender-nonconforming will identify as a transgender person. The ways that transgender people are talked about in popular culture, academia and science are constantly changing, particularly as individuals’ awareness, knowledge and openness about transgender people and their experiences grow.

Understanding transgender people, gender identity, and gender expression.   American Psychological Association. (2023, June 6).

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