Last night on 'Last Week Tonight,' John Oliver dedicated an entire segment to transgender rights.
In the clip, Oliver points out struggles and hypocrisies that transgender Americans have to deal with everyday. He also points out what people can do to treat their transgender friends and fellow citizens with respect. And it's really funny, while also being informative, while also never making fun of Cuba Gooding Jr. I think everyone should be required to watch the portion where Oliver does a quick primer on what "transgender" means:
Transgender people have a gender identity that differs from the one they were assigned at birth, and that gender identity is not the same as sexual orientation. Gender identity is who you are; sexual orientation is who you love. Some transgender people do undergo hormone therapy or sex reassignment surgery as part of their transition; some do not. And interestingly, their decision on this matter is, medically speaking, none of your fucking business.
At the end, he helpfully reminds viewers that this is a civil rights issue and they probably want to be on the right side of history. I'm currently sitting in a very quiet office, but I really wanted to snap and/or applaud throughout the entire 16 minutes of this video.