TransGriot Note: While the GL community was justifiably jumping up and down excited because President Obama mentioned them in his second inaugural address, an 11 year old transkid in the western US was writing her own essay on this inaugural day that also happened to fall on MLK, Jr Day.
Sadie's essay highlights who we adult transpeople are really fighting for when we push for trans human rights here in the United States and around the world.
Let's redouble our efforts to make trans human rights a reality for Sadie Croft and ourselves.
Sadie's Dream for the World.
world would be a better place if everyone had the right to be
themselves, including people who have a creative gender identity and
expression. Transgender people are not
allowed the freedom to do things everyone else does, like go to the
doctor, go to school, get a job, and even make friends.
Transgender kids like me are not allowed to go to most schools because
the teachers think we are different from everyone else. The schools get
afraid of how they will talk with the other kids' parents, and
transgender kids are kept secret or told not to come there anymore.
Kids are told not to be friends with transgender kids, which makes us
very lonely and sad.
When they grow up, transgender adults have
a hard time getting a job because the boss thinks the customers will be
scared away. Doctors are afraid of treating transgender patients
because they don't know how to take care of them, and some doctors don't
really want to help them. Transgender patients like me travel to other
states to see a good doctor.
It would be a better world if
everyone knew that transgender people have the same hopes and dreams as
everyone else. We like to make friends and want to go to school.
Transgender people want to get good jobs and go to doctors like they are
exactly the same. It really isn't that hard to like transgender people
because we are like everyone else."
Its sad that we live in a world where an 11 year old girl must endure the same struggle as an adult.
May you have an easier life than your adult trans* sisters Sadie.
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