I am writing this in hopes you will listen and learn about transgender people. It’s been said they don’t deserve protection under civil rights law because it’s a choice and not something they’re born with. Some say you are what you are at birth and nothing can change that. To that I say yes, that’s exactly right!
I am a transgender woman and though it is true I was born with a penis, I was also born with a female brain. Indeed I am what I am, and though you can’t see it, I live with it every day. People say this condition is not real or not possible and I am attempting to alter what God has created. But the fact is medical science has confirmed this is indeed a medical condition and so is something that God created. It is not something I chose; I was born with it. The cause is not yet understood but I can assure you that this is real.
Rest assured I didn’t wake up one morning and decide to be a female just for kicks. If you think it is a mental condition I can assure you I am completely stable and rational. This is in me and always has been. I am not altering God’s creation, only choosing which part to let you see. The only choice I have made is to stop hiding it from you.
You will never know the anguish suffered in my life because of it. I chose to live as a woman now not because it fascinates me or gives some twisted pleasure. I get no privilege or special benefit from womanhood. No my friend… I live as a woman because that is what my internal wiring is: female.
You can say that the choice to transition was mine, and this is true, but changing one’s outward appearance is not justification to be excluded from basic human rights. All I am asking, all we are asking, is to be included with all other minorities with protection under the law. We are a minority of minorities. We are barely .1% of all human population but we do exist, the same as other minorities. It is a shame that minorities need protection from bigotry, hate, oppression and violence, but we do.
There is the heinous argument that women and children need protection from them but transgender people have the same distribution of good and bad as all populations. We are no worse or better than you. Twelve states have equal rights for transgender people and there have been no cases of transgender people as predators in bathrooms. In fact transgender women and men are some of the sweetest, kindest most caring people you will ever meet. But transgender people are beaten, raped and murdered at alarming rates. In short, transgender people are victims of sexual predators and hate crimes, not the perpetrators. We are your neighbors and friends.