Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Praise the President for broadening the rights of transgender citizens despite opposition
President Obama has been a huge supporter for same-sex marriage, and through his fight for equality, he has signed legislation to expand upon the rights of transgender people, the least accepted group from the LGBT community. He and his administration are quietly broadening their rights, despite opposition.
President Obama is the first president to use “transgender” in a speech, to identify transgender political officials, and stop job bias against transgender government employees. During the President’s first term, he signed a hate crime legislation, which became the first piece of law protecting transgender people in United States history.
The administration has also made it easier for transgender people to update their passport, acquire health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, receive treatment at Veteran’s Army facilities, and get access to public restrooms. President Obama is also the first president to invite transgender children to the White House to participate in the annual Easter egg roll. The biggest victory for transgender people is the possibility of the government covering the cost of gender reassignment surgeries for federal employees and retirees.
Of course, religious conservatives have criticized President Obama for his actions, but legislation to expand transgender rights didn’t meet the same opposition as same-sex rights. This is because Obama’s administration have quietly broadened these rights through executive powers.
Known as the first president to grant same-sex and transgender rights, President Obama should be praised for his commitment to equality and civil rights. Thank President Obama for his diligent efforts to expand upon transgender rights by signing this petition.
Dear President Obama,
I am writing this letter to thank and praise you for the work your administration have done for the transgender community. As you may well know, transgender people are the least accepted group from the LGBT community, and obtaining their civil rights has been severely difficult. They face heavy discrimination from school, work, and even from family members.
Hopefully with the laws that your administration passed, this kind of harassment will stop. It doesn’t matter what gender a person is, a person is a person and should be treated with respect. You are the first president in the United States to grant so many rights for the transgender community, and I hope future presidents will follow in your footsteps. Once again, thank you for your commitment to human rights and please continue to fight for these rights in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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