[guest post by Dana]
From the White House press release (yesterday):
Tomorrow, as we commemorate the 10th annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we recommit ourselves to the fundamental belief that all people should be treated equally, that they should have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, and that no one should face violence or discrimination — no matter who they are or whom they love.
This year, the United States celebrates the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, and the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. In doing so, we reflect on lessons learned from our own civil rights struggles and reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that the human rights of all people are universally protected.
At a time when, tragically, we are seeing increased efforts to criminalize or oppress LGBT persons, we call on partners everywhere to join us in defending the equal rights of our LGBT brothers and sisters, and in ensuring they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
UPDATE: I have added a list of Ten Signs of Transphobia in our culture:
Denial that the problem exists in the first place.
Inability to distinguish between categories such as queer, gay, lesbian, and trans.
Lack of meaningful discussion in educational and workplace settings.
Anxiety over not being able to tell if a person is male or female.
Crude jokes directed towards trans people or with trans-related content.
Refusal to accept trans people as one’s own teacher, doctor, politician, dentist, etc.
Thinking that being trans is OK but also dismissing the idea of ever dating a transperson.
Reducing trans to being merely and solely a psychiatric category.
Trivialization and media spectacles centred on trans-ness as an object of ‘fascination.’
Refusing the fundamental claims of transpeople as being genuinely mis-sexed.
I posted this list because I am (but really am not) surprised such a list existed. There are always those lists… And, at the risk of sounding like a old curmudgeon, it’s all become so damn complicated. I try to keep it simple: treat those around me with the same respect and courtesy that I would like in turn. If that isn’t enough, too bad. If that makes me bigoted, or insensitive, or whatever the new booga-booga flavor of the month Word is, so be it. Life is just too short to be mincing around on egg shells. Oh crap, did I offend someone?