It’s Friday evening and I’ve closed the lid on the work laptop, the boy dog is currently snuggled up with me, and I can hear the distant pop of fireworks. Upstairs, the Ever Lovely Mrs J is talking to her mum on the phone.
I am okay, although somewhat frustrated by the barrage – not of fireworks – but media BS that continues to paint transgender community in a negative light. The seeming continuous background pop, bang, and whizz of bigotry. It’s very tiring. I’m sure I’ve sprained the muscles behind my eyes 🙄
Yes, last year I took a news break and I felt better for it. This year, it feels the attacks have stepped up and, like Climate Change, it feels if we do not act, things will not go well. I don’t think it helps that certain news outlets that you could once rely on for fair and empathic reporting, now seen to have been infiltrated by those with a hostile agenda hidden behind the idea of balance. Yes, BBC, I’m looking at you…. and Guardian UK, your need to get your sh** together and walk away from giving a voice to those who spread hatred and lies about people. Not some far off nebulous stereotype, but folk in need of compassion and care, not vitriol and to be made invalid.
I was thinking of asking how mighty it feel to be a teen and swimming through this each day? Well, we could ask some, but we could also ask older LGBQ folk how was their experience in the 80s? 😐
Does the right to self identify or ban on Conversion Therapy affect me personally? Not directly but I’m very aware of those it will affect and I see the damage it does. That, and to an extent, I stand near near those rights. What do I mean by that? Well, if we were to insist that changing rooms in shops or public loos were monitored and limited in some way, that would and in tangible ways.
Sorry, sir, you cannot try those on here. These garments are strictly for another gender to yours
These attacks on our identity feel like the thin end of the wedge. That if the discrimination can gain a hold somewhere, so that can be leveraged to start to rescind the equality and rights the LGBTQ+ community have had to fight for.