In the course of the past few days, I have come across two articles that I would like to share with you. There are so many great resources out there for people who want to learn more. Sometimes it can all be quite overwhelming. The thing I like about these two articles are that they are both on the shorter end, which I find to be more suitable, especially when sharing with someone who isn’t familiar with the transgender world.
I like the way both read. The first is on using the correct term- transgender. And the second is about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s child, John. If you have read much in the news about anything trans, you have probably noticed that so many of these pieces, while being informative, sometimes border on being sensationalistic, well, okay…..some are blatantly sensationalistic. The two links I shared don’t give me that feeling.
In the Times piece, I especially like the reference to mistakenly using “transgendered” and correcting it. I hope you will give it a read.
I read this next one this morning. It’s nothing new-just about Brad and Angelina’s child, who goes by John. In one of the groups I’m in online, some people expressed criticism by perceived pronoun misuse. In response to that I have to say that I have read nothing that suggests that John, Brad or Angelina have asked for male pronouns to be used. I admire that they are matter-of-fact and letting John figure things out. I think this is one of the better articles written about younger children and gender identity. Hey, if it takes Brad and Angelina to help people be more accepting, I say go for it!
Seeing these two pieces so close together has to make me wonder. Is the trend slowly shifting? Are we finally reaching a point where we can find respectful, informative articles on this topic without making it out to be some freak show thing? I want to believe so. I know it’s possible. It just requires people to be more compassionate and open-minded.
What do you think?
Have a good Friday and a good weekend!