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With the advancement of social media, transgender people were able to utilized multiple platforms to live visibly, build community and educate both non-transgender and transgender populations. I will discuss, and you will experience, how social media platforms began the dialogue on the topic publicly.
According to Mikhel Proulx in his blog post, "Queer Networks," since the launch of the internet queers, "found each other across cultural and material borders to create online identities, develop novel forms of pleasure, and create networked cultures." Developing these cultures on the web can explain the huge spike in the trend when typing the transgender into the Ngram viewer. Social media has been a huge game changer for the transgender topic in America. Social media has been a great platform for social participation to advance trans rights and to change ideologies and stigmas placed on people who do not live within the gender binary system. The internet has paved way for a positive cultural climate shift on the transgender topic. With this fast spike in interest, it is important to have a basic understanding of transgender culture. It is important to know basic terms, which I will discuss, and hear transgender individuals tell their stories from their narratives!