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What It's Like To Come Out As Genderqueer In America

In this powerful video made exclusively for attn and Yahoo, Aron details the daily struggle for equal rights among transgender Americans, as well as his own story of transitioning.

"I came out as queer around 13, and then I came out as genderqueer around age 19, and then ended up making the transition from female to male," he explains.

"The LGBT community has so many wonderful allies, but there is still a lot of work to do; in fact, it's still legal in 29 states for someone to be fired or not hired because of their sexual orientation, and for those of us in the trans community, that number goes up to 33 states."

In June of this year, President Barack Obama introduced a new executive order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against potential employees due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Although a step in the right direction to helping raise the financial well-being and workplace security of LGBT individuals, this executive order will only last as long as Obama is in office. 

Passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in Congress would turn the principles of Obama's executive orders into an actual law that would prevail after his administration. Currently, the law passed the Senate 64-32, but Republican House Speaker John Boehner still refuses to bring ENDA to a vote on the house floor. 

"Absolutely nobody should have to live in fear that they can be legally fired for reasons that have nothing to do with their job performance.... or that they can be passed over for a job entirely if they're outed in the application process," Aron states.

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