We are all Humans. Let’s start acting like it.
I wrote the following in response to negative feedback of a social media post sharing a story about how North Carolina had fast-tracked legislation that would erase LGBT-nondiscrimination. (Update: It was signed by the Governor late the same day.) You can read about that here: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/03/north-carolina-bill-lgbt-discrimination-law
The gentleman giving feedback was concerned about how his granddaughters might then be forced to use a public restroom in the company of a ‘supposed transgender’ person.
Do you know what the word ‘empathy’ means? Have you ever applied it to a transgender person? Put another way- “Have you ever thought about how it would be to live in this country, let alone the world, as transgender?” Have you put yourself in their shoes, and then looked around at how the world treats them?
You’ve likely never met a transgender person. Heck, from your “supposed transgender” comment, you may believe that such humans don’t even exist (they do). In fact, given enough time on this earth, a person is likely to shake the hand of one, and not even have known it. How is that? Because society treats them with such contempt and loathing that they try as hard as they can not to be known.
And that appalls me. Especially from a nation that would like to consider itself a ‘Christian’ nation. You know, ‘Christ’-like? “Love one another?” “Whatever you did for one of the least of mine, you did for me?” “Love your neighbor as you would yourself?” I’d paraphrase other religions’ scriptures here also, but I’m most familiar with Christianity, and I know my audience is as well. I could quote well-known agnostics/atheists here too, as while they do not adhere to a religion, they also believe in the concept of love, and abhor hate.
And this isn’t directed just at you, sir. I’m including my reproach against others on my feed as well (you know who you are). You should all be ashamed of yourselves, at the way you treat those you feel are different from you. This world isn’t 100% full of English-speaking, White, heteronormative people. Nor should it be. We share this globe with people of all races, colors, religions, gender orientations, and whatever else you think makes someone different. Marginalizing any one subset of humanity is an affront to whatever belief system you adhere to, as it marginalizes part of that theology’s creation. We should instead celebrate our differences, because that is what makes humanity unique and special in this universe.
Because yes, whether you choose to believe it or not, there are humans that exist in this world that are, for whatever reason, different than you. They may have a different skin color than you or your children.
They may look like a man but have a vagina. They may look like a woman and also have a penis. They may be attracted to the same gender. Their chromosomes may be XX, XY, XXY, or even an XYY. They may have dwarfism or down’s syndrome. Guess what? THEY ARE ALL HUMANS. And they all deserve our respect. Every single one of them. Including you, even though you willingly choose to marginalize others.
It is long past time that the quieter, less-apt-to-speak out, level-headed minds stand up for what is right in this world, and vocally call for inclusiveness over isolation, unity over segregation, Love over Hate.