These are just a few of the feelings that I’m noticing show up for me today. I’d spent some time reading about gender variant kids and then saw coverage of the current president’s tweets about banning transgender people from the military. While many in our society have embraced greater transgender visibility, these attacks by our country’s leader are unnecessarily cruel and damaging. What a disconnect. Two poles so far apart.
I take great satisfaction in my work with transgender and gender non-conforming clients of diverse backgrounds, ages, ethnicities and races. I engage with a strong community of other clinicians, physicians, professionals, educators, spouses, parents of varied gender identifications who are allied in support of transgender and other gender diverse people. In sitting for several hours a week with those who are navigating gender variance, I have the honor of seeing and hearing the struggles, the doubts, the fears…along with the triumphs and the joys of embracing authenticity. Let me add to my list of feelings above:
Hope and trust in human nature and our capacity for love and empathy.
If you’re curious about learning more, and in supporting the transgender community, add your name to the ACLU petition here: https://www.aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/three-tweets-president-trump-cruelly-threatens-trans-service-members-rank
The New Yorker’s David Remnick writes about the tweets here: http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-cruelty-and-cynicism-of-trumps-transgender-military-ban