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How Trans Rights Became The Civil Rights Struggle Of Our Generation

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 21:  Founder of #GIRLSLIKEUS Janet Mock speaks on stage at the ADCOLOR Awards at The Beverly Hi
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Founder of #GIRLSLIKEUS Janet Mock speaks on stage at the ADCOLOR Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for AdColor)

Deep into the dog days of last August and barely a week into my tenure at PolicyMic, I happened to glance up from my laptop at the office flat screen we kept trained on CNN. I was right to look: It was in that moment that word of Chelsea Manning's transition blitzed in graphics across the screen. The news went on to cause a lot of media soul-searching, after years of pressure from trans people and our allies, to shift the conversation in mainstream media about trans bodies.

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