So looks like the blogs are afire again, and we all know this song and dance. This time I figured I'd chip in with my two cents on the current dilemma facing us, namely, the denial of transsexuality. Now, I could site scientific studies or various institutes who back the existence of this phenomena but I know the type of people; I live in partially rural Kansas, trust me, I see them a lot. I know that studies and reports and experiments don't matter to these folk. I use to be one of them, a loooong time ago, when I was but a young whippersnapper.
I also know that long blog entries detailing every facet of their, hrm, what's the BZP appropriate term, misconceptions, is not very effective. So I'll be brief. When you criticize and hate someone for what they are, you are passing judgement. Captain Obvious, right? Yet I don't think enough people understand this. You, you, as an individual, are saying "I do not believe this to be a thing. Therefore this is not a thing." That is not how the world works. You do not get to tell the seas to rise and fall and the sun to never set anymore than you get to deny someone what they say. I implore those to look at the hate they spew and ask where it is founded. Is it because you decided it, is it because you let someone other than you decide it? Regardless of who decided what, you, the individual, have the right and indeed the duty to step back and say "who is being harmed here?"
Practically all wrong-doings in society can be traced back to harm on others. Murder harms people and society in very significant ways. Stealing harms people and society. Affairs are heartbreaking and often bitter. We as a people have gotten together and said "this harms others, we should not do this." Sometimes you have things like war, which often harms others, but is sometimes in the name of good. The day we no longer have war is the day I celebrate for a week, but until then, sometimes in order to ensure harm does not come to others, harm must be dealt. It's pragmatic and its awful but it's the world we live in.
So. I ask, do transgender peeps and all the rest of the LGBT+ community cause harm, active harm and decadence? I know what I answered to that, and I hope you at least asked the question to yourself.