The Unbalanced Being of the Day | Transgender Youth
During his campaign, Donald Trump stated that he was a friend of the LGBT community. Even if you believed him, you knew the LGBT community would come under attack at some point due to the fact that Ultra Conservative Vice President Mike Pence was also along for the ride.
Make no mistake, to become President, Donald Trump had to give the Republicans what they wanted in some form and even if he actually is supportive of the LGBT community in his regular life, as a man that made a back room deal for support of his party, he must now pay back his favours.
The first community group that will be negatively affected are transgender youth. In a soon to be executed order from the President, the federal government will revoke rights for transgender students in public schools. Under the Obama Administration, guidance documents given to schools across the nation declared that transgender youth should be allowed to use the bathroom that aligned with their identity; as per these documents, making students use a bathroom that didn’t fit their gender identity violated a federal law about gender discrimination. However, it appears that the Trump White House will revoke that guidance.
Many believe the Obama guidance violates the laws of States to make their own rules, which would now leave these decisions up to the individual States. For transgender youth, this comes as a giant blow as they try to have their rights respected throughout the country.
I do not know what it’s like to grow up knowing that I don’t identify with the gender my chromosomes decided for me. I know it’s not easy. To be a transgender youth is possibly the bravest thing I could think of. Why? Because kids are brutally mean if they perceive you as being different from the ‘Norm’. To choose to be yourself in the face of what will surely be an uphill battle against your peers is something I don’t think I’d be strong enough to handle. They have inner conflicts and outer conflicts. And now, all they want is the basic rights that everyone else has and it’s about to be taken away from them. These kids aren’t perverts. They don’t want to use the bathroom to spy on you. They just want to use the bathroom they think was made for them. Plain and simple.
I’m sure the community is up in arms right now and feeling frustrated for what’s to come. For that reason we’re sending them our positive vibes and virtual hugs.
And this is why Transgender Youth are The Unbalanced Being of the Day.