Becoming Aamir Ali – An American Soldier
A soldier first.
And a human being that is second to none.
American Muslim man.
A transgender person.
This is what it is like to Become Aamir Ali.
Pre-Verse – In the Beginning – I Was A Girl. Meet Aamir Ali.
Verse 1 – In the Beginning – I Did Not Know. Feat Julia S. Powell Art.
Verse 2 – In the Beginning – I Did Know. Feat Murjoni.
Verse 3 – Culture Shock
Verse 4 – Finding My Peace
Verse 5 – Coming Soon!
Transgender people come from all walks of life. We are dads and moms, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. We are your coworkers, and your neighbors. We are 7-year-old children and 70-year-old grandparents. We are a diverse community, representing all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as faith backgrounds.
The word “transgender” – or trans – is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity is different from the sex assigned to us at birth. Although the word “transgender” and our modern definition of it only came into use in the late 20th century, people who would fit under this definition have existed in every culture throughout recorded history.
Despite the increased visibility of transgender celebrities like actress Laverne Cox or writer Janet Mock, many Americans still don’t personally know anyone who is transgender – but the number who do is growing rapidly. According to a 2016 survey by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign, 35 percent of likely voters in the United States “personally know or work with someone who is transgender.” That’s more than double the 17 percent who answered yes when asked the same question in 2014.
Other research suggests that there are at least 700,000 transgender people in the United States, about 0.3 percent of the total population and about 3.5 percent of the LGBTQ community; but these estimates are likely conservative because of the limited amount of studies that have attempted to measure the transgender population.Human Rights Campaign on Understanding the Transgender Community