Day 18 and Recent News
I think everyone has heard about the recent events in the LGBT community and I think these suicides are a great tragedy. It makes me furious to think of how close-minded people are, especially kids in school. Bullying has been a problem for years and no matter how many times they say it is a problem, schools never seem to FIX the problem. I just hope that anyone dealing with bullying will confide in a friend or family member and make a move to get help rather than resorting to suicide.
Even though I didn’t understand that I was trans at the time, I was picked on through elementary school, middle school and some of high school just for being different. I was shy and quiet and the other kids locked onto that as weakness and exploited it for their own personal gain. Finally in High school I just started ignoring the bullies and not caring what they thought, and once the satisfaction of a reaction was gone, they left me alone. (I know in my case I dealt with very mild bullies but it is important not to give in to their goals)
There needs to be more education about LGBT issues at an early age to remove the stigma that is sometimes still attached to the various groups. Most schools don’t want to touch upon it because it is a controversial issue, because hey, if we teach them that is okay for two men to love each other, gays will take over the world and crucify Jesus! But seriously, most children learn about it from their parents and depending on how their parents feel they will be influenced for, or against it. In some regions where there is still a lot of hate towards the LGBT community, the hate is perpetuated by adults passing down their opinion to their children.
The fact of the matter is there is still a lot of work to be done until we truly have equality in the LGBT community. I only hope that In my lifetime I will see equal rights for all of the LGBTQQIPO community.
And here I was planning on writing a quick post to mention that I took some body measurements, instead I went on a 3 paragraph rant.
As of 10-9-10 I’ve been on hormones for 18 days, woo! I haven’t felt too much of a change lately. I have definitely been more emotional though.
Across the Shoulders: 16.5″
Around the Shoulders: 41.5″
Around the Upper Arm: 11.25″
Around the Forearm: 10″
Under Bust: 33″
Natural Waist: 29.75″
Belt line: 37.5″
Length of Back: 21″
Length of Arm: 25″
Waist-Hip Ratio: 0.744
Waist-Shoulder Ratio: 0.717
Tags: Bullying, Gay Rights, Gingertrap, HRT, LGBT, MtF, Spironolactone, Timeline, Transgender, Transition, Transsexual
Argh. Bullying is so hard to address… well, maybe not address, but rather to change. Because bullying can happen for any huge number of reasons and in any huge number of contexts while at school or on the playground.
I’m a bit of a cynic, so part of me feels this is a hopeless battle (there is no one as honest and cruel as a child). But the last thing I want is for teachers and parents to give up on tolerance.