Martin Niemoller gave us a poem that has been modernized and used a lot since the rise of Reality TV Star turned POTUS Donald Trump.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
This is important because it was true for him and many others during Nazi rule. America is a far divide from the Fascist state of WWII Nazis, however, it could easily be guided there by the white supremacists advising the President right now. Steven Bannon and Steve Miller are by their own admissions pro-white and anti-anything not white. They’ve spoken and written about their predilections so this isn’t something one can just deny. Although, there are those who believe the Holocaust was just made up. These people are also believe the Bible is the word of God. They deny any and all empirical proof and data to the contrary to their belief system.
That brings me to Caitlyn Jenner. She is the self appointed voice of the Transgender community. Ms. Jenner supported Mr. Trump during his election. Touting his attributes of fiscal conservancy. This week Mr. Trump along with white power man, Jeff Sessions, AG of USA, turned the tied of equality in America with the reversal of Transgender rights. She offered this little gem for all of the Transgendered children in our country affected by this new wave of hate.
“I have a message for the trans kids of America. You are winning. I know it doesn’t feel that way today or every day, but you _ are _ winning. You are going to keep on winning so much you’re going to get sick of winning. Very soon, we’ll win full freedom nationwide, and it’s going to happen with bipartisan support.”
They are winning with no help from you Ms. Jenner. You’ve faced very little struggle with your Transition. People who have faced the odds like Jazz Jennings and faced the mean spirited, backwards minded, pretending-to-be-Christian people. She has fought many difficult battles and continues to fight for Transgendered Youth in not only our country but the world.
Now that there is a potential of being affected by Mr. Trump and his Cabinet’s Transphobia and Misogyny you have something inspirational to say. I wish you luck Ms. Jenner on your journey but beware of Mr. Niemoller’s words…they are coming back again. HATE can’t be disguised.
Yes this post is sure to become a diatribe in about five seconds!
It all starts with this article and fighting the ignorant religious right and all those “Defensive of Family, Marriage and whatever other crap they are defending” people.
The article is about a study that was funded by a variety of LGBT groups. Not unlike the studies that are produced by the DoF and their ilk with one notable exemption, the author submitted her findings to peer review.
Anyway, the gist of the research was a 25 year study of Lesbian parents raising children. It was concluded that they are not any worst than Heterosexual parents and interestingly enough their children were more content and happier than Heterosexual couples children. The DoF people are up in arms because it goes in direct contrast to their ideology that Homosexuals could only raise demented and confused children who would become degenerates.
People here’s the real truth as to why these kids were possibly more adjusted. It is because they faced adversity and dealt with it at an early age because of their Mothers love for each other. They’ve also face discrimination and the views of hate mongering people. And because of the issues they faced as a child they are prepared for the unkind world that really exists beyond childhood. The counseling from their Lesbian parents who also face discrimination helps too.
DoF always chirp about One Mother, One Father but what good is that when neither parent is capable to be a parent. In the findings it was noted that Lesbians choose when they have their children and they are normally older when having their children. In Heterosexual relationships children are often conceived in not the best of circumstances. Thus adding more pressure on the couple as they try to adjust to a child that was either a surprise, conceived when the parents are too young and immature or just not capable of being parents yet.
DoF also chirps about how it is important that children have a father’s influence. In many cultures the Father does not play a role in child rearing. Even the main voice boxes fall into these categories. If you travel the country giving speeches and championing your causes how can you possibly be a full-time parent? They would probably say that their children always come first. Yet I can’t imagine how their “cause” and their children get equal time. I’ve found parenting to be a full-time job for at least one of the parents. Thus going back to their children are probably raised by others and not the Father/Mother dynamic they chirp on about.
Children will grow and be their own people regardless of who raises them. Children in a nurturing and positive environment who have good roots of who they are as people will always excel in life regardless who raises them. How many people struggled in poverty only to secure that their children wouldn’t know that hardship. It’s the individuals who are committed to the raising of the children that make the difference whether they be LGBT or Straight.
It may be a bumper sticker phrase but it’s true. Hate is NOT a family value. Explaining to your children that all people are different in some many ways is a good thing to teach them. We live in a multicultural country so perhaps if we all hated a little less we wouldn’t all be so pissed off all the time!
p.s. Go Flyers!