Monday, June 1, 2015

News: Transgender Developments

trans·gen·der
transˈjendər,tranzˈjendər/
adjective
adjective: transgender; adjective: transgendered
  1. denoting or relating to a person whose self-identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female gender.
    "a transgender activist and author"


When I was in High School, the Oprah show was the first to explain to me what being transgender was. Then a guy, that was transgender, lived on my floor Freshmen year in college. Ever since then my view on that community was and is, this group of people are just people. It's such a spectacle for everyone else. I am actually quite protective of this group. One of my personal beliefs is that they should not be grouped with the LGBT community. BUT I do understand why and how it became so. I see it as, all the people who are different "sexually" are grouped together and I don't agree it should be that way but it is. Transgender individuals can often  go from being a homosexual relationship and turn into a heterosexual one as well. This too is difficult for their friends or even family to understand. No person in this world is like the other. Therefore stop trying to make every transgender person the same another.

Update June 1st 2015: Bruce Jenner is now
known as Caitlyn Jenner. Beautiful picture. 
A lot of people are discussing the recent official announcement about Bruce Jenner transitioning into a woman. I think it is funny that some people are so outraged and disgusted that he's made his transition so public. Come on! Someone had to. In America especially, no one really pays attention unless it's on television. You sit there and watch women pimp themselves out on the Bachelor, but you're disgusted that a man is smart enough to understand the influence his family has on the WORLD and is using it to inform/educate others? You my friend are foolish. Even if this family is trying to make money off of this transition, at least there will be a community to gain from it. Well hopefully.

Once I had a discussion with my mother about my potential future children. I often think about, "what if my child was gay or transgender or just not 'normal' enough for the world to accept?" I would love them no matter what but I could not handle sending my child to the wolves. My mother said, "I would try knocking some sense into your kid if you sent them to my house." "I guess they won't be coming to your house then." I replied without any hesitation. It is difficult to understand but it really isn't. During the Oscars, someone can say "Selma is now" but neglect to realize how far we have come since Civil Rights. Under the same breath you can say, black people have progressed way more than the other silenced. There are people among us who have a squeak as a voice. "It sucks to be me" as they sing in Avenue Q. Every minority sings this tune. Blacks, hispanics, women, homosexuals, pets, children and anyone else you can think of. Even the majority does. But those people are still racist, sexist, and abusers. I remember a woman in Harlem two ago was beaten and killed while walking down the street. The mom cried on the television and I felt so bad. Her child was killed. Child which has no gender. I'm sure this woman may or may not have been okay with her child being transgender, but now it doesn't matter because her child is dead.

Human Rights is an ongoing problem in this country. In my opinion, the world. And don't be fooled into thinking that only one type of people are being isolated. Therefore we should support one another rather than tearing each other down. We're all different in our own ways. Lets rejoice in that. How boring would it be if we were all the same?