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Immigration and Transgender Identity

Around 39.9 million immigrants from Latin America, Asia, Africa, and other parts of the world currently reside in the United States. Often considered a nation of immigrants, the United States has a long history of men and women arriving in the country in search of a better future. Despite the advancement of human rights in the United States, immigrants remain a stigmatized group, especially when they are sexual minorities or transgender. This entry begins by defining immigration and transgender identity; it then discusses the immigrant transgender experience in the United States.


Immigration is a process in which one or several individuals leave their place of origin to reside in another country. In most cases, individuals or families who embark on this journey immigrate to a ...

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