Trans people do not have cooties.
I repeat: trans people do not have cooties. Call the CDC and confirm it if you like, but you cannot catch any transgender germs from hanging out with someone who identifies as trans.
As ridiculous as it feels to type that, apparently there are some people who haven’t gotten the message.
I read this article this morning and was shocked, saddened, and in a bit of disbelief over the statistic it put forth:
27% of Americans don’t want to be friends with someone who’s transgender.
One in four of us.
What the actual fuck?
I cannot understand why. I mean, I really, really can’t make sense of that.
We’re not talking about proposing marriage, sleeping together, or even living in the same household. SIMPLY BEING FRIENDS WITH A TRANS PERSON IS A BIG. FAT. “NO” for one quarter of our population. Wow.
And WHY? Or why not? Is it fear? Misunderstanding? Disgust? Religion? Judgement? Or something else?
Would love your thoughts on this. What are your experiences? Do you have friends who are trans? If you’re trans, have you had experience that you’d share regarding people who won’t befriend you? I really want to understand this statistic and could use a little help from my friends.
And because I’m not trans, at least I can assume I have some friends…