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Challenges and Struggles of Transgender Women on International Women’s Day


by Alejandro Alcántara Carbajal

March 7, 2024

International Women’s Day is an occasion to reflect on the progress made, but also to recognize the persistent inequalities faced by women around the world. Within this diversity of experiences, it is essential to highlight the particular challenges that transgender women face in their search for equality, respect and fundamental rights.

Discrimination and transphobia are two of the biggest obstacles faced by transgender women around the world. In many countries, especially in Latin America, these women face a deep stigma that manifests in various forms of discrimination, from limited access to education and employment to social exclusion and physical violence. The lack of legal protection and recognition of their gender identities also contribute to their vulnerability.

Religion, which often plays a significant role in shaping social and cultural norms, can also be a source of challenges for transgender women. Particularly in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints they have maintained very conservative positions regarding gender identity and sexual orientation.

In the tradition of this church, traditional doctrine teaches that gender is a fundamental part of a person’s eternal identity and is determined biologically at birth. This perspective can create tensions for transgender people seeking to live according to their authentic gender identity, as it can clash with the teachings and expectations of the religious community.

However, it is important to highlight that within any religious community there is a diversity of opinions and approaches. Some people within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are working to promote understanding and inclusion of transgender people. Conversations and resources have emerged that address the complexities of gender identity from a perspective of compassion and empathy, seeking to reconcile religious teachings with respect for human diversity.

In Affirmation: LGBTQ Mormons, Families and Friends, we help the community of women, especially transgender women, to recognize their spiritual value and provide them with a safe space free of discrimination, a place where they can express their fears and at the same time strengthen their self-esteem. and express their authenticity.

International Women’s Day invites us to reflect on the importance of solidarity and collective action in the fight for gender equality, which must include all women, regardless of their gender identity. It is essential to work towards a more inclusive and fair society, where all people, including transgender women, can live free of discrimination and fully enjoy their human rights.

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