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ABC | After decades of fear, some transgender elders celebrate freedom and progress ...

For many, community is part of life. For these transgender elders, it's crucial to their survival. "Just because you get beaten – and I've been beaten many times – that doesn't mean you've been defeated," said 75-year-old Renée Imperato, a New York City resident, who recalls the 1970s, '80s, and '90s through memories of the ridicule and violence she and others faced for being a part of the LGBTQ+ community. Imperato was constantly thinking about her survival in those days. The AIDS epidemic, violence, and fear have contributed to the disparity in population, leaving fewer transgender elders. But Imperato believes the younger generation's ongoing fight for equality has, in turn, freed the older trans community. Read more: ––– Subscribe to ABC News on YouTube: Watch 24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events on ABC News Live: Watch full episodes of World News Tonight with David Muir here: Read ABC News reports online: ABC News Digital is your daily source of breaking national and world news, exclusive interviews and 24/7 live streaming coverage. ABC News is the home to the #1 evening newscast “World News Tonight” with David Muir, “Good Morning America,” “20/20,” “Nightline,” “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, “ABC News Live Prime” with Linsey Davis, plus the daily news podcast “Start Here.” Connect with ABC News on social media: Facebook: Instagram: TikTok: X: Threads: LinkedIn:

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