If you’ve got a few minutes (like 8, to be precise), please watch this video. Go ahead and do it now … I’ll wait.
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Welcome back! What’d ya think? Since you watched it, you already know that it introduces you to two teens who are transgender and shares their story.
I loved it for several reasons:
- for the education it gives
- for the bravery they show in living their authentic lives
- for the support their loved ones showed
But mostly I love this video because it puts faces on trans people. It shows you that they’re just regular people who want nothing more than for their gender to match what they have already felt in their heart their entire lives.
Several times, the people in this video reiterate: I’m just a human being.
I’m just a human being.
They are. They’re not “scary monsters,” or freaks, or someone trying to use the wrong restroom for nefarious purposes. They’re not confused, or going through a phase, or seeking attention. They’re not anything other than human beings worthy of love, like all of us. Worthy of acceptance, like all of us. Worthy, period.
Please, please watch this video if you don’t understand the trans community, and even if you do. I promise, you’ll get something out of it. If nothing else, it’ll remind you you’re human.