In late 2012, Vice President Joe Biden made the claim that transgender discrimination would become "the civil rights issue of our time."
In the year since his statement, America certainly has seen progress, both politically and socially, towards the full inclusion and validation of transgender-identifying individuals within our society. From solidified rights for transgender minors to representation of trans people and experiences on mainstream television -- what is means to be transgender is receiving arguably more mainstream recognition than at any prior point in our history.
That said, the battle for transgender rights and recognition is just beginning. However, as 2013 comes to a close, let us look back on, celebrate and remember some of the biggest moments involving the transgender community over the course of the last year.