Archive for December 4th, 2010

What If He Was Your Daughter?

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

A friend’s daughter in her early ‘20’s is becoming a man.  She changed her name, lived as a man for a year, had extensive counseling, and will soon start hormone treatments.

I’m pretty sure just now your first reaction was negative.  And that’s OK – that’s the way we were brought up in this culture.  But I’m asking you to set aside that initial response for a moment …. and think.

What type of person would you like to be in this lifetime?  A person who just believes the bullshit that generations before us believed without questioning and thinking?  Someone who can actually hate other people simply for being who they are?

This is bigger than gays in the military, gay marriages, or bullying in schools.  This is about how you want to live YOUR life and treat all people – not just the ones with whom you feel comfortable.  How proud you could be if you overcame prejudice and were strong enough not to go with the mindless flow.

The next time you see a gay or transgendered person think ‘if that were my child, how would I want the world to treat him?’