I’ll tell ya. Some days I’m not so proud to be an American.
A federal judge today ordered the Trump administration to resume accepting #transgender people into the military by January 1. I think this is an amazing win for trans people. Let me tell ya. Us homos and trans folks have been protecting our rights and freedoms long before we were born and we’ll be doing it a hell of a long time after you and I are dust.
In thumbing through the myriad posts in social media, I didn’t really expect to find a lot of vocalized support this given the current political climate. What I did find though shocked me.
I didn’t find even ONE post praising this action. What I did find is some of the most most vile, disgusting, sickening and downright evil hate rhetoric I have ever read in my entire life. I half expected it to be localized to the South, but I was seeing it emanating from all over. Reading some of that junk was almost like listening to a George Wallace or Eugene Talmadge speech.
I don’t really know what to do with this. If anyone has any suggestions, I’m all ears because I’m just profoundly sad that in 2017, we aren’t any more enlightened than we are. More than me being sad and overwhelmed with this, I can’t even begin to know what to say to try to comfort my #trans friends these days. Some do better than others with this. I’ve got a couple though who are often crushed by the almost constant onslaught of vitriol they are forced to endure day after day after day.
To my trans friends…. and you know who you are if you’re reading this… You’re all so strong… so brave… I wish I had a tenth of what you bring to the table. Frankly, I’d crumble under what you are forced to process and deal with. Just know that you’re loved by me. It isn’t much, but love is the one thing that I have in limitless supply that I can give you every day. And if you need a safe space to smile, laugh, cry, yell, or whatever, my door is absolutely open and a kitchen full of food and beer awaits you.
If you’re reading this, do this one thing for me please. Drop what you’re doing and call your trans friends. Make sure they know how much you love them, how much they mean to you and exactly how much their gender doesn’t make a damn to how much you value their kinship in this world.