I read an article recently that sickened me.
It got me to wondering if the LGBT community as a whole is not so supportive of the T in LGBT. It just seems it is way to easy to manipulate people into hating us for being different. The worst of it is that it is so blatant. As the article above talked about Anchorage, Alaska and its effort to shoot down a transgender equality bill, shows, ignorance prevails. In the article it tells how they showed a man with facial hair dressed as a woman trying to get a job at a child care facility. They then state that if he is applying for the job and the law passes and the facility doesn’t hire him they could be sued. Yet, if they hire him, they will lose customers. It is so easy to play on people’s fear and ignorance. The sad part is that people buy into this line of crap!
Look, transgender people are people. All we want to do is to be treated the same as anyone else. By some quirk of science, we were born with one body but the mind of another. It is scientific fact!!!! Go back to my previous articles and the first part of Not Quite a Life Choice. I am trying to educate here. I see crap like that and people buying into it and I have to wonder about the intelligence of people at large. Let me sum it up yet again.
Transgender people are not out to recruit people. Who the hell wants to go through all the crap we have to go through? Transgender people are not pretending so we can slink into the bathroom and molest people. It is quite the opposite. While there has never been a recorded incident of a transgender person attacking or molesting someone in a bathroom, the same cannot be said for the other way around. If anything it is the transgender people who are being attacked! Those are facts!!! Not that facts mean anything.
I could also get into a blog about why I could never become a Republican. I have Republican friends and I love them and I cage my words because of them. However, when I see bills like HB2 rammed through and the many bathroom bills foisted by Republicans to “protect our women and children from molesters”, I really get ticked. They push ignorance and hate and people eat it up. It must be the inherent need to put someone else down in order to feel better about yourself.
Look, let me tell you, when a transgender person goes into a bathroom, you know why they are there? To pee!!!! That is it, okay, maybe poop, or just fix their makeup, or any of the things other women do, because THEY ARE WOMEN!!! Sidebar: I know that there are transmen, but dudes, once you start growing a beard, would they really notice if you went into the mens room? To them, if you are in a stall, you are dropping a deuce and that is all they care to know. So apologies if I am leaving you out of this.
Let me sum it up for a moment. Transwomen go to the bathroom to go to the bathroom or fix their makeup. They go in and get out fast because of being afraid of everyone. The last thing they want is to get “read”. They don’t want conflict, they just want to pee.
Transpeople, in general, just want to live their lives. They want to be accepted for themselves, their talents and accomplishments, just as everyone else. They just want to be accepted for who they are, not what the world wants to push them to be. It is their frigging life!!! Let them live it!
You have to wonder if part of the reason for the push to create laws against transgender people is because people are just so unhappy with their own lives they have to make someone else miserable to feel better about themselves. That is the definition of psychosis.
Why can’t we just let people be who they are? Why can’t we do away with things like gender markers and women’s rooms and men’s rooms. Hell, the TV show Ally McBeal introduced the idea of generic bathrooms years ago, it just never caught on. Look, I get the need for separate bathrooms at times. I have been to Great Woods and seen guys pissing in the sink. I had to find a stall because I just couldn’t pee in public. Learned later there was actually a condition called bashful kidneys. Who would have thunk it? Frankly, as a woman, I hated having to go into the men’s room. Yet because of my external shell, that is where I had to go. It made me sick, but I had no choice. I soon quit drinking beer at venues because of it. Which brings another point, how many transgender people just start avoiding having anything to drink when they go out or just stop going out because of the bathroom issue.
These asshats that push these hateful bills do so because of ignorance and hate. Those who vote for it are being manipulated through ignorance. They don’t know or understand the transgender experience. Somehow, we have to find a way through this. We have to learn to accept people and just let people be themselves. I believe that if we can get to that point we may find ourselves in a richer and more accepting culture.
Thanks for bearing with me through yet another rant. I hope it has brought some more insight. Transgender people are not out to get you, they just want to be.
My heart to your heart, one heart, one spirit.
P.S. Some of my Facebook friends have taken to calling me Lady Emma. I kind of like that. I might adopt it, but I feel that someone in England might raise a fuss. You know, it is a privileged title. Though I am privileged to have many good friends and family. Peace and love.