This might turn into a theme, but here is another song that gets heavy rotation in my music lists;
“Stand My Ground” by Within Temptation.
The choirs says it all:
Stand my ground, I won’t give in
No more denying, I’ve got to face it
Won’t close my eyes and hide the truth inside
If I don’t make it, someone else will
Stand my ground
There is plenty of room in life for compromise, but there are times when you have to “Stand Your Ground”, issues that make you stand up and say I will not agree, I will not change. Most people will agree that racism, violence, and abuse are things that we cannot turn a blind eye to, that we must “Stand Our Ground” and refuse to accept that kind of behavior, but this post isn’t about those issues. It is however about discrimination, intolerance, and yes, even hatred.
In this country, (USA), and around the world people face discrimination, hatred, intolerance, and even death for being “different”, for not following what society at large says isn’t normal or acceptable, never mind that “normal” might not make much sense, or in any way make life better. This has certainly been the issue with gay rights. Over all, who someone takes home, who they marry, doesn’t have an impact on society at large, yet we see people lose jobs and housing, being the object of violence and abuse, even killed because of who they are attracted to, who they fall in love with. In some places it is illegal and can carry a death penalty.
People who are Transgendered, for whatever reason, face many of the same challenges and dangers and for many of the same reasons. We are different, we don’t follow what society today considers “normal” and that seems to give some people an excuse to be violent and hateful. Of course, some people don’t need an excuse, but if one is there, they will make full use of it.
I looked for a news story I saw several weeks ago about the number of transgender people killed last year, but I couldn’t find it, if I do I’ll post about it, but the important thing was that it said more than two hundred people were killed. Two hundred! Because they dressed differently, or presented themselves in a way that someone didn’t agree with. I haven’t seen any information on the number of hate crimes against transgendered people, and yes they are hate crimes even if the police refuse to report them as such, but I can’t help but think the number is high in regards to the percentage of the population we represent.
Another thing I haven’t seen is the amount of domestic violence that is reported, but again, I think the number is quite high, especially against children.
What we need is acceptance, gained through understanding, and that can only come about through education.
I might go through and do a “Myth Buster” set of posts in the near future, but I’m not sure as there are so many places to find that information already online, but then again, it doesn’t hurt to repeat them.
The important thing is that like so many before us, we need to “Stand Our Ground” and refuse to accept the lives we are forced to live today simply because of intolerance and ignorance.