so this happened…
i’m quite disappointed. despite all the recent gains, despite positive role models being plastered on the cover of ‘TIME’ magazine, and with the advent of rights such as medi-care and obama-care covering transgender health issues, or the advancement in some states to replace laws that restrict gender marker and name changes on birth certificates, it seems no matter what progress arises there will always be affronts to the dignity of trans-folk.
this is why i try to educate people in my little area of the world…and broader plains where i am able. it is also why ziona refuses to be ‘stealth’. perhaps it’s her autism and resultant lack of adherence to social norms, or simply her fighting spirit, but likely it is also her sense of right and wrong that make her adamant about NOT hiding who she is, and likewise NOT being ashamed. she gets righteously angry at slights, slurs and especially outright wrongs done to people just because of who they are.
her indignation extends beyond her own group. she is angered by all manner of bigotry: racism, sexism, ageism, looksism, sizism…so many ‘isms’ to reject, so many to fight. and in our discussions about such things as these, we also talk about the best way to combat them, identifying their roots and identifying their causes.
but even if we remove the cause,(ignorance) it seems the symptoms remain…a rather dire prognosis if we don’t also find a cure for hate and bigotry.