After opening Last Week Tonight‘s long segment with clips of media personalities asking members of the transgender community about their genitalia, host John Oliver does what any normal human being would: He expresses extreme discomfort. Not with the fact that these people are transgender, but with the horribly insensitive questions they’re repeatedly being asked.
Hence the expository knowledge bomb he drops soon after:
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 sexual reassignment surgery as part of their transition, some do not. And interestingly, their decision on this matter is, medically speaking, none of your f*cking business!
Oliver then surveys a laundry list of systemic injustices faced by the community’s members, from complications with the Department of Motor Vehicles, to being able to use public restrooms without fear of (or actual) criticism. Oh, and don’t forget the constant questions about genitalia, either.