Today on Facebook I found this link on a relative’s page, and I wanted to share it here.
I don’t know how my relative identifies when it comes to gender; I have never asked. Perhaps I should. I know that Anh was born biologically male. I also know that Anh is quite beautiful physically, whether presenting as male or female or neither or both. Perhaps the best term is gender queer.
I also know that children in Anh’s neighborhood have shouted insults at him. I know that people who meet Anh/see Anh in person are often confused as to his gender. I know it’s too bad that people can’t just see Anhn as a beautiful, funny, talented, creative person and instead feel they must see either Anh the man or Anh the woman. I know it’s too bad people can’t just see Anh.
The same goes for so many other transgender and gender-queer people. In fact, the same goes for all of us. Why can’t we just see each other?
Until that day comes — that day when we can all just see each other — I want my transgender and gender-queer friends and family to know, I stand with you. As long as the forces of ignorance and bigotry keep attacking you, I stand with you. As long as your own government keeps trying to turn you into a criminal and keeps putting your safety at risk simply because you need to go to the bathroom, I stand with you.