Do you have one of those weeks where a number of things happen? It’s felt a bit like walking through a wood, where the wildlife is making itself known.
I was going to write a bit about the Trans Day of Visibility, but I think my appearance has been somewhat limited over this past two years or so, that I’m not sure I’d be saying anything new. Well, not that that usually stops me. 😉
However, there’s been two developments around trans matters this week that have… irked me. One, perhaps like much in life, leads into the second.
We asked 5,000 LGBT+ people if they had experienced abuse from a family members or members. 29% said yesGalop
Looking at the report in more detail – and they quizzed around five thousand people – that figure of abuse grows to 43% Trans and non-binary people.
Is this the world we want to grow up in? That is okay to verbally abuse someone because of who they are? Funny how certain critical types are all over ‘bUt wHat abOut teh cHIldrEn?‘ and yet when we have stories from those affected, little changes.
Talking of which, little change leads me into the news leak (source) that the current government have, well, pretty much given up on properly banning Conversion Therapy (see here). It seems the wave of outcry pushed them to do some of it and under duress. So, I think we can now conclude that by inaction:
- It’s okay to bully, verbally abuse, and say people can be ‘cured’ of their trans/queer nature.
- It’s okay to tell people that they are both broken and wrong.
- it’s okay to spread hatred and discrimination.
- It’s okay to sell or offer a ‘cure’ that doesn’t work and that damages people.
- That the vulnerable aren’t worth protection.
- It’s okay to let the abusers do it again and again.
So, given the above, can I start selling LSD? Because, well, only a minority will take it and it’s their fault for having psychology issues afterwards. I should be free to offer that valuable community service as a shortcut to enlightenment, right?
Perhaps it’s also okay to encourage folk to drive without a seat belt. I mean, it’s their choice, it only affects them. Not my problem if they injure themselves or die from my freedom course.
Or, more accurately, perhaps it’s us, the LGBTQ community who have the temerity to ask for rights not be abused or psychologically tortured. You know, like the rights straight folk have.