International Policy Digest: In Celebrating Pride, Social Media and Civil Society Transcend the Political Battle over Trans Rights

International Policy Digest: In Celebrating Pride, Social Media and Civil Society Transcend the Political Battle over Trans Rights. “This online cultural movement is thus cementing ideas around transgender rights more quickly and assertively than the federal government—fulfilling much the same role popular culture played during the battle to secure legal equality for gay and lesbian Americans a decade ago. In 2012, then Vice-President Biden famously credited the TV series Will and Grace for doing ‘more to educate the American public than almost anybody’s ever done so far,’ setting in motion a societal shift that culminated with the Supreme Court decisions to legalize same-sex marriage across all 50 states in 2015 and ban workplace discrimination based on both sexuality and gender identity in 2020.”

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