I would like to thank my opponent for this debate.
As pro effectively forfeited the opening round without providing an argument, I will be treating the definition of this debate as pros opening argument.
This debate is whether the struggle of the Transgender is “severely comparable” to that of the Trans Ethnic (TE)
For it to be “severely comparable”, Pro must show that the nature, severity and extent of their suffering and hardship experienced as they go through their lives - the struggle - must be broadly similar.
Simply having similar problems on its own does not make the struggles “severely comparable” - the degree of suffering needs to be similar : One cannot say the struggles of being short is “severely comparable” to being handicapped. Similar issues - different extents.
1.) Baseless Assertion.
Pros argument hinges around a baseless assertion: that TE exists as described and that there is a substantial struggle for such individuals related to their accent being different from their race.
Given pros only concrete example is of a successful musician - it is unclear of pros example demographic is mistreated in the way he claims or even exists to any meaningful degree.
2.) Transgender suffer more.
Assuming pros hypothetical example exists, it’s clear that the transgender are subject to more substantial suffering within society in the following ways:
Legislation: There is legislation in multiple countries that prohibit the free expression of Gender that explicitly target the transgender. This includes several states in the US. There are also various laws that limit the ability or rights of the transgender, for example the federal government relating to service in the military.
Violence: The transgender population are significantly more at risk of being victims of sexual assault , violent crime and murder - with nearly 50% chance of being victims of sexual assault in their lifetime.
Rates of Suicide: The Transgender are subject to far, far higher rates of suicide, self harm and mental illness than the normal population, or the rest of the LGBTQ community.
Hostility and Social opposition: In the west, there is mounting social opposition to transgender rights - often being declared as “unnatural”; this has included anti-transgender rallies, and an actively hostile president.
I have found no sources or evidence of any kind that any of these issues are present in any demographics pro is referencing: and there is no reason to presume that such issues would present themselves to even close to this degree.
There are no anti-TE laws, no examples of severe mental illness, self harm, suicide, violence, or objectively measurable hostility from society.
I would encourage pro to provide evidence of such comparable examples in his demographic.
3.) Suffering of TE individuals is limited.
It is reasonable to presume that most people would accept the explanation “I was educated and spent all my life in india” as an explanation of an Indian accent - without evidence it cannot be considered that there is a likely substantial detriment to individuals.
While it’s possible that some individuals may be mocked, or accused of being racist - this clearly falls way short of anything presented above.
4.) Differences in Management
We are more attached to our physical appearance as part of our identity than to our accent given the ubiquity of accent coaches and lessons.
Resolving TE is easiest to resolve simply by accent modification that involves a small time and monetary investment - and can even be done online - after which there are no residual problems.
Issues with being Transgender take multiple years, irreversible invasive surgery and a lifetime of hormone treatment to resolve - and stillend up being subject to all the issues listed above.
5.) The internal issues are clearly not comparable.
The major issue of being Transgender is the psychological issues related to being inability to accept ones own body and sex.
The issue of TE is not an issue of being unable to accept oneself (as we are generally unaware of our own accent), but either being concerned with how others will view you; or issues with how others treat you.
The latter is a common struggle applicable to almost everything in life. Too short, too small, big teeth, etc. The former is quite uncommon, and much more psychologically profound internalized lack of acceptance.
As a result, the two things are fundamentally different and thus incomparable.
The conclusion here is simple. The data clearly shows that there is a substantial struggle in being transgender, violence death, suicide and society being fundamentally hostile to your existence and is incredibly hard to resolve to the point one is comfortable with themselves; even though such solutions will not prevent the other issues. There is no evidence that there is any wide reaching issues for TE at all - leave alone to as significant degree as described.