Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Make sure you stop by and check them out! Their link is: http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/
One thing that I have always loved about my parents is that they taught me that no matter what gender, orientation, race, or anything a person is, they are still human and should be treated as such. Nothing else matters.
Throughout my years though I have found out that I was lucky with my parents, because some of the ways that my friends were taught was just wrong. How a person’s sexual orientation is what defines them. And yes, I was taught quite a few words that I had no clue what they meant, but I still learned them.
One of my best friends (I shall call her A) is a trans*, and it was with her that I had my first “lesson” in transphobia. When she was in the hospital, a nurse there was just a complete bitch. I was in the bathroom when I heard my friend saying repeatedly, “Ma’am, ma’am, ma’am.” And to be honest, I thought that she was talking with her doctor. It wasn’t until I came out of the bathroom and I realized that it wasn’t her saying “ma’am, ma’am, ma’am” to her doctor, but to the nurse who kept addressing her as “sir”.
Needless to say, that nurse was quickly kicked out of the room, and I found the head nurse explaining what had happened. That nurse never went back into her room again.
It was also that trip that a then-friend (I shall call him B) embarrassed me greatly, because a friend (I shall call her C) of A came to visit her. When friend B and I were walking to the garage, B very loudly says, “So what exactly was THAT?” while pointing at the stairs towards C who was going up to the second floor of the garage. I saw C suddenly stop, and with their head down, they started slowly walking up the stairs again. I quickly turned back to B and smacked him. My only response? “They are human. THEY are not a “that”.”
That was a trip that I will remember for years to come, not because of what happened to A, but because of the reactions that people had towards my friends. Who to me, were no different than any of my other friends. They are human. That’s all that matters.
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