Before I begin this blog I would like to say that this blog post is in no way intended to offend anyone of any gender. This entry was written as an outlet to discuss the topic of transgender people and poses questions that deal with equal rights for transgender people. The entry looks at various areas of discrimination against transgender persons as a way of addressing the issues they face and examining how the public views this discrimination and if they feel it is justified.
Should Transgender people have the same rights as other citizens?
For many people, the answer to that question is a quick and obvious yes, but for far more people than you would like to believe the answer is a definite No! Many would ask, why not? All humans should have the same rights, unless those rights have been evoked due to a crime or other offense committed by that person. But for many people the transgender lifestyle is still a taboo topic and the thought of accepting this lifestyle as a normal way of living is unacceptable.
After all, the decision to live your life as something other than what you were born as is merely that, a decision…right? It has been said over and over again that being transgender is not normal and that often deceptive lives many transgender people live is the cause of much of the harsh and sometimes deadly treatment they receive.
A while back I received some not so nice comments from a not so nice person who obviously had serious issues with my outlook on race and racism and the mere thought that I did not see it diminishing anytime soon. Some of the comments I allowed to be posted, others were deleted due to language or just because they were pure foolishness.
When I said
Racism exists, I know it and you know it. I guess for your sake you would like everyone to agree and sing We Are the World..not going to happen.
The comment was taken as I wouldn’t like to live in a world free of racsim, that folks is untrue. I would love to live in a world where your skin color was not the first thing the interviewer noticed when you entered their office. A world where people didn’t think that even when you had the same credentials as them you were still less qualified and less professional because of your skin color. There are always constant reminders of racism. If for a sheer moment I would drift into a delusional state and pretend it didn’t exist I could open my eyes to a tragedy like this
Murder of 22 year old Oscar Grant caught on tape by citizen
These posters were worn on the backs of protestors after the funeral of 22 year old Oscar Grant who was shot in the back and killed by a police officer on New Year’s Day. The shot was fired as Grant was already being restrained, face down by another officer. Some of the protestors lie on the ground face down showing solidarity with Grant.
Travesties like this are a constant reminder that this world we live in is not free of racism. Then there are comments like this one taken from an article posted in the San Fransisco Chronicle that prove that even with a life taken, some people still can’t see past color.
1/8/2009 1:09:02 PM
Here is the complete thread of comments from the article about Oscar Grant in the San Fransisco Chronicle.
Over a hundred years after slavery (physical slavery) was abolished me/you/he/them are still seen as just dumb niggers to some people. And honestly those with those tainted, pre historic, immoral, disgusting beliefs are far more in number than we and they would like to admit.
Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away, and that in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.
Martin Luther King Jr. spoke those words forty years ago, and those words speak to me today. Even though racism exist and it’s proof is clear and evident. We can only hope that its dark cloud will no longer loom over this world and that each and every person will be looked at as equal. I cannot turn a blind eye to racism; neither will I live in a self detained world of mythical belief.