Nations around the planet celebrated the arrival of the symbolic 7 billionth child being born after midnight today. China and India account for a third of that population growth with over a billion people each and the United States being third with 313 million.
It was just twelve years ago in 1999 that we reached the six billion milestone. It took us Earthlings until 1800 to reach 1 billion in population, 1930 to reach 2 billion and 1960 to reach 3 billion. With the increasing scientific advances in modern medicine it's taking us less time to reach these population milestones and we reached 4 billion in 1974, and 5 billion in 1987. The UN projects by 2050 the Earth's population will rise to 9.3 billion.
As we discuss all the complex issues inherent in that population growth, I also want to toss in another for people to ponder in the fact that some of the now 7 billion people on this planet are transgender.
Transpeople inhabit every nation on this earth because we're part of the diverse mosaic of human life and we aren't going away. So it's past time cis people cease and desist with the irrational hatred of us.
We have much to offer the nations and communities in which we inhabit if just given a chance to unleash our talents. We are intelligent, talented people who simply want to live our lives with a minimum of drama and have our human rights respected and protected in the legal systems of the nations we inhabit.
That's a principled thing that we are asking for and it won't cost you politicians one euro, dollar, shilling, yen, yuan, franc, peso, pound, pula, ruble, ringgit, riyal or rupee to implement.
We want to live, love and marry the persons of our choice without government interference in that choice or people jacking with it for their own selfish political or financial gain. We're spiritual people who are tired of specious religious dogma being used to demonize us, being used as justification to discriminate against transpeople in our various nations and stir up hatred of us to the point that unhinged individuals feel it's okay to kill us.
We want the opportunity to contribute to the uplifting and building of our peoples, our nations and society at large. .
Yes, some of the 7 billion Earthlings on this planet are transgender. We are your fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, cousins, co-workers and friends. We are fellow human beings who have the same hopes, dreams, aspirations and desire to live quality lives just like cis people do.
We want nothing less for these trans children and us to have our human rights respected and protected whatever continent we reside on. We will also continue to remind you that some of the seven billion people who now reside on planet Earth and the ones that will do so in the future will be transgender people.