By Stephanie Donald
The LGBT community spends a lot of time and attention these days trying to convince the heterosexual community that passing anti-bully laws is a pretty good idea when we spend a lot of our time trying to figure out how to carve up and eat members of our community in more and more intricate and unique ways.
Last week we heard the rather saddening story of how the Human Rights Campaign tried to intimidate a couple of transgender activists on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to get them away from the podium so they wouldn’t be in the press shots when Chad Griffin gave his speech.
Then when a blogger called the HRC on the incident, they denied the entire affair until too many other people called them on it who witnessed it happen. Only then did the HRC issue an apology for the incident.
I spent yesterday at a pool party organized by the local Pride Committee to raise money for their upcoming pride picnic (they never have enough money for a parade) and had a very good conversation with several transgender women.
It might not be as big a deal to be transgender in states like California and New York but here in Florida, transgender people mostly live on the fringe of all society—even the homosexual one.
The two ladies I spoke to were very intelligent and eager to speak to with someone who would just treat them as an equal. It was bad enough that these ladies were forced to take menial jobs like delivering auto parts when they had been trained to do executive positions prior to transitioning but even our own community made them pretty much outcasts at social occasions with a few notable exceptions.
We chatted for hours and I heard all about their difficulties, not the least of which was feeling so ostracized.
While everyone else in the nation has marriage fever, we can’t even come together as a unified minority and that’s what bothers me most of all.
We’ve listened to years and years of horrible negativity for so very long that now things are beginning to happen that are positive, we’re attacking our own community in the vacuum. Younger people seem to enjoy nothing better than “snarking” other people because making someone else feel bad, in theory, makes you feel better.
All this actually does is show how actually selfish we’ve all become. When we need to support each other, we just look for the lowest common denominator.
For the few of you who will actually read this (because this essay runs a bit over the 140 word attention span most people will read): I hope you might think about this before you start nit-picking someone else.
Anything you might say about someone else only highlights your own character flaws.
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