Marriage is now attainable for all, regardless of who they love, but an estimated 700,000 transgender Americans still face daily, legal discrimination. Yesterday on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver went in on the idiots who promote that discrimination—sometimes intentionally, sometimes not not—saying it’s pretty simple to figure out what to call a transgender person: you call them whatever they want to be called.
Transgender people have a gender identity that differs from the one they were assigned at birth, and that gender identity is not the same as sexual orientation. Gender identity is who you are, sexual orientation is who you love. 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. If you’re still wondering, ‘What do I call a transgender person, it’s so confusing,’ actually it’s pretty simple: call them whatever they want to be called.
Also on Oliver’s list: Mike Huckabee, whose moronic comments equating transgender bathroom use to the sexual assault of children said more about him than any of them people he was attempting to shame.
There is something inherently wrong with forcing us to listen to your fucked up daydreams about all the sex crimes you would have committed as a teenager had you just been able to find a legal loophole. That’s weird. And that kind of baseless fear mongering is everywhere.
“It’s genuinely crucial we get this right. Because there are more transgender people in the U.S. than you might realize,” Oliver said. “One study estimates that 700,000 American adults are transgender. That’s more than the population of Boston. And you probably know somebody from Boston.”