Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sunday December 20, 2015 - Do not let a few ignorant people stop you.

I continue to say that society is changing. I can tell from personal experience. In the 1990's, I had people call me out in public while dressed. I remember talking with other "crossdressers" during that time who stated that teenage girls were the worse. Once a friend and I went mall shopping and were called out by agroup of teenage girls.

Over the past year, none of that has happened. Teenage girls, along with others are much more supportive. More men ignore men and women make eye contact and smile or say hello. Its a complete reversal from 20 years ago.

I am seeing more and more examples of society coming to our aid.

In December, Jazz Jennings was asked to read from her book, I am Jazz. It was sponsored by a local WI school board.

Watch what happened.

The reading was rescheduled and read what happened next.

Heartwarming Story of the Day: Outpouring of Support for Transgender Youth in Wisconsin Town | Human Rights Campaign

This is a heartwarming story that supports the idea that society is changing and moving in our direction. A few bigoted people could stop a large part of the community from supporting and learning about transgender issues. Imagine the transgender youth who were at that reading and may have not come out yet.

I think about my parents (my Dad was a school board member) taking my sister and I to the reading. Would that experience given me the confidence to tell my parents? Would they have supported me instead of taking me to a mental health professional who tried to hypnotize me into stopping?

I will never know. But we know, more and more youth are coming out at an earlier age. That is a good thing.

When possible, we old timers need to venture out and educate the community and support the youth.

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