I read the thread title and found myself with a strange grin that turned to out loud uncomfortable ironic laughter. Partly because wine and partly
because disbelief. What else is this administration going to do that brings a lot of uncertainty to people that are
LBG and transgender?
Here's the deal... as I'm notorious here for unabashedly sticking my nose into many of the transgender threads to advocate for transgender children,
because that is my experience, and I try to bring some of the knowledge and observations about this subject so people will have a better understanding
Consequently, I pay attention to LGB and trans media, bloggers and YouTubers probably a lot more than most around here do because there are things
going on politically that can have direct influence on my lived life. I'm not really part of the LGB or trans "community" but there is common interest
in our concerns as this administration and cabinet does all have a pretty solid anti-LGBT record and that's a little scary.
I was introduced into the gay community as a young woman and felt sanctuary there. The women's community and bar scene in the late 70's into the 80's
was very active and was a place I was very comfortable. I've witnessed the rise of gay rights and battles and hateful campaigns of the past from Jerry
Falwell and Anita Bryant. I marched in Phoenix's very first gay rights march with my friends in 1981, which was about "rights" and not "pride". We
didn't know if we would be shot or arrested. (it is Arizona after all)
After I had gotten over my distrust and fear of men, I grew beyond my wonderful friends and lifestyle in the community of women, save for my two
dearest lesbian friends that have been together over 30 years that are considered a true part of my family and heart so I've always understood well,
the perspective of gay people. I have felt their struggles and shared their worries so that does make me something other than an SJW, at least by the
For me, many gay rights and transgender rights and concerns overlap and intersect. Being someone of trans experience, since transgender issues have
been turned into a political wedge labeled left and right and trans issues have been used as retribution to gay marriage equality AND transgender
children and people have been turned into pawns, I am concerned for those that haven't been as fortunate in life as me or are going through the things
I did as a child and teenager.
Before Mr. Trump was sworn in, there was a massive rush by trans people to obtain correct identification and passports and complete legal name
changes. Special hotlines were setup, several with pro bono legal services because the fear was that under Trump, these "rights" would be threatened.
These are the politically driven type of things that can affect this community and why there are genuine concerns of what might happen with an
administration with such an anti-LGBT history that is heavily lobbied by the fundamentalist Christian right. I hate the polarization of left/right
labels and politics in general. I haven't posted in any pre-election threads or said a single word about Trump OR Clinton. I'm not a political person
yet I have been forced to be.
I AM CONCERNED. Please listen with an open mind. Since non-transgender people have made an issue about bathrooms and can't get that off their minds,
bathrooms have become a battleground and the first thing that comes to mind with the word "transgender". This is such a complicated issue, I
completely understand that and empathize with both sides of the issue. It has become even further complicated by 76 Tumblr genders and gender neutral
pronoun bullschitt but there are genuinely transgender/gender dysphoric children and adolescents out there that will not benefit from a change of the
Obama's administration's interpretation of Title VII and IX that includes sexual orientation and gender identity as covered under anti-discrimination
laws to that of Trump's apparent interpretations.
Couldn't our new president appoint some people with more neutral or moderate positions? I'm beginning to believe President Trump is intentionally
filling his appointments with people from the most extremist right to cause a backlash in the LGBT community and to the 67% of people in this country
that are supportive of "gay rights" which seem to have been dubbed as the "liberal left'. Is this a plan to destroy the Republican party or to follow
their official anti-LGBT stance to retain the support of the right?
Yeah, Trump threw a bone to the LGBT's by sticking with Obama's policy for Federal contractors but is this just a smoke screen? Many think so but the
real issue of concern to me and to the parents of transgender children is what's going to happen to their kids in school? Is Sessions going to
rescind the current advisements and interpretations? There is a current case involving transgender students coming up in the Supreme Court. How is
that going to turn out? There were 13 states suing the Obama administration for his previous guidelines issued for transgender students. What happens
to those cases?
As someone that works with parents of transgender children that dealt with the suffering of growing up trans myself and know what genuine trans kids
need to grow up as healthy, happy and productive adults, there is
a lot of worry that things will be much more difficult under Trump's
Beyond Pence, Bannon, Sessions and so on and a SCOTUS nominee historically not so friendly to the LGBT folks, someone with a Falwell legacy seems just
like another nail in the coffin. It's almost hysterical at this point.
originally posted by: marg6043
I wonder how he feels about transgenderism, I will love to read what he have to say about it.
Do you really need to even ask?
edit on 2/2/2017 by Freija because: wine &nd 3:00 AM typing
edit on 2/2/2017 by Freija because: Yes, wine
on 2/2/2017 by Freija because: Dammit!
edit on 2/2/2017 by Freija because: Crikey@!
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