Unless you happen to have been living under a rock or traversing the Amazon, then odds are you have seen link after link to the story of Coy Mathis, a transgender girl who’s parents have caused a firestorm by deciding to sue her school over the decision she can no longer use the girl’s restrooms. I’m not going to get into the whole thing here, just Google her name and you will find more than enough information.
Let me just say, I was going to write a different post discussing the issue of discrimination as seen through the comment sections of any of the stories you can read, but I think this is something which makes its self clear fairly quickly. I think what we as a community should take away from this is the need for education. Not just for educators and regulators and other public officials, but for everyone in general.
This is an issue which has been taken head on by the LGB community and we have seen a noticeable shift in public opinion. It wasn’t so long ago when being gay or lesbian was met with the same unreasoning hatred and violence as is too often reported in the Trans* community today. We cannot just sit back with our fingers crossed hoping this will just work out in the long run. As long as the bigots control the discussion nothing will change.
The best thing to do is begin educating those around us. There is a lot of information if people know where to look. Unfortunately, it isn’t as readably available other LGB resources, but it is out there. Thankfully, many people have access to the internet and therefore we can point them to a number of sites where the information can be found.
GLADD is a good starting point.
Here are some others:
ACOG (The American Congress Of Obstetricians And Gynecologists)
APA (American Psychological Association)