In memory of Leelah and our loved ones who have died, and in honor of Susan and those who come out each day as a transgender person, let's try to treat people of all genders, no genders, multiple genders and of various gender expressions as fully human and made in God's image.
Before the episode aired, I had asked every one that I knew to record the episode. I then asked them to freeze frame on every part of the choir. I wanted them to see what I saw, a group of people that were truly a cross section of our country.
We in the LGBT community know that our inner lives have improved when our own guards have retired, and wonder what it might take for others to stop living in fear of not only our truth, but also their own truth. We wonder!
My name is Grace Anne Stevens, and even one decade ago, I did not have the words to understand all the deep feelings inside of me that kept fighting the outward "reality" that I was a man. I was in my mid-50s.
Change is happening. In the past couple of years, we've seen the number of requests from day schools, summer camps, youth movements and other institutions for resources and training around trans issues grow exponentially.
If you were giving a lecture and there was a black person or a Jewish person or a gay person in the room, would you single them out by repeatedly making jokes at their expense? Of course not, right? So why is it that some people actually think it's okay if the person is transgender?
It's one thing for a school to offer private facilities for students who identify as gender-neutral or are not comfortable using male- or female-designated facilities because of their gender identity. But to force all transgender students to do so is, in fact, a definite breach in privacy.
Kris said that he knows now that he stopped transitioning because he was terrified of never finding love as a transgender person. But only a couple months later, Kris would start a journey that would prove how very wrong he was.