This article showed up in my Facebook news feed yesterday:
8 critical facts about the state of transgender America
Why is it so important to share this article? It’s simple. We need to keep doing our part to educate people and make them aware of the issues the transgender community faces. Over and over I hear the same story from loved ones of transgender people- “I didn’t even understand what transgender was, until my son/daughter/brother/sister came out.”
Did you see my hand raised there in the crowd? I really didn’t have a clue until Kris came out to us. And then I STILL did not understand what it meant. It took a lot of time, research, talking to Kris and learning. I had to be open to something that I wasn’t familiar with- something that scared me by how much I did not know.
The truth is that 4 years ago, the state of the transgender community didn’t factor in my life. And that was wrong. People need to be aware of what transgender people face and what they can do to help make the world a better place. I want to think that most people are kindhearted and want the best for everyone, and that if they act differently it comes from ignorance and fear of the unknown- not a place of hate.
If we can continue to share the articles, posts, infographics, cartoons, stories…… all of these things- hopefully more people will share them, too, working toward making changes. I want my son to live in a world where he can get a job, find a place to live, get the healthcare he needs and be happy without fear of discrimination or worse. I want this for all transgender people. They deserve it just as much as anyone else.
Maybe sharing this article doesn’t seem like a big thing but if by sharing this or others like it, we reach one or two new people each time, that is one or two more.
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