Friday, November 6, 2015

Dropping the "T" is not an option

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They deserve to know: We've got your back

There is a petition on to separate the transgender community from the lesbian, gay and bisexual community. In other words, change from LGBT to LGB. An anonymous user started the petition which, after two days, has only 751 signatures. Ultimately, they want to do what is easier. According to the organizer (in part):
We are a group of gay/bisexual men and women who have come to the conclusion that the transgender community needs to be disassociated from the larger LGB community; in essence, we ask that organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, Lambda Legal and media outlets such as The Advocate, Out, Huff Post Gay Voices, etc., stop representing the transgender community as we feel their ideology is not only completely different from that promoted by the LGB community (LGB is about sexual orientation, trans is about gender identity), but is ultimately regressive and actually hostile to the goals of women and gay men.
Presumably this is a reaction to events in Houston. I have news for these misguided narcissists. We are all in the same boat and we have a common opponent for the same reasons. The easier path is not necessarily the right path. Gay men and women are able to count on support from our straight allies. They are our allies because it is the right thing to do. Similarly we must be allies to our transgender colleagues. They need and deserve our support.

Because parents and their doctors are becoming better informed transgender people are able to come out at an earlier age. According to a recent study, the younger they come out, the more secure and successful they will be. Abandoning these kids would be an act of cruelty.

Gender non-conforming people need to be part of a larger community to have any power at all. Their numbers are roughly one-tenth the size of the gay and lesbian community. Community is the important word here. Yes, sexual identity is different from sexual orientation. Yet both groups are sexual minorities with similar goals, Equal Protection being a starting point.

Nobody should be fired from a job or not hired because they are transgender just like gays and lesbians should be free of job discrimination. Like gays and lesbians, transgender citizens want to be judged by what they do, not how they present their gender. They deserve to know: We've got your back.

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