[Excerpt] “The transgender communities are producing an important and nuanced critique of our gender system. For community members, the project is self-constitutive and, therefore, has an immediacy that also marks the efforts of other marginalized groups who have attempted to make sense of the world through description, interrogation, and ultimately a program for transformation. The transgender project also has universalizing elements because, existing within the gender system, each one of us embodies a particular gender articulation. It is through this articulation that we define ourselves in relation to the gender we were assigned at birth, the gender we choose, the gender we create, the gender we reject, the gender we are, and the gender we are assumed to be.
[…]This article, written largely for an audience who does not identify as transgender, makes the case for greater inclusion of transgender issues by identifying and examining various points of resistance, outlining commonalities, and proposing action steps. […]
Nancy K. Knauer, Gender Matters: Making the Case for Trans Inclusion, 6 Pierce L. Rev. 1 (2007), available at http://scholars.unh.edu/unh_lr/vol6/iss1/3