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Although the reality in the streets can be very different, many consider D.C. one of the best cities in the U.S. on paper for transgender rights and protections. Often led by transgender and gender-nonconforming people of color, the community’s hard-fought victories over the past three decades have helped trans people overcome unequal access to healthcare, poverty, barriers to employment, and harassment by police.

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