While recently watching an episode of Glee I saw a beautiful performance (above) from a transgender student named Unique who sang Beyonce's "If I were a Boy." She sang the song after being intimidated by jocks in the restroom. As she sang the song it had a totally different meaning to me because she sang as if she really wished she were like all the other boys because then she would be accepted. This really helped me to empathize with her dilemma. I know what it's like to want to be just like everyone else even though it is impossible to do so. She was bullied because she was different. At the end of the day everyone has something that someone else can bully us for. How sad is it that adults and children alike think that it is ok to bully people because they are different. This must stop.
As the world pauses today to memorialize the great liberator, Nelson Mandela, I am reminded of his dedication to the equality of all individuals. We owe Mandela's legacy our commitment to equality. I did not write this post to garner support for gender neutral restrooms! I wrote this post to challenge everyone who reads it to stand up for the basic human rights of everyone. I wrote this post hoping that someone might read it and say "Dang! People can't even go to the restroom in peace? That's messed up! What can I do to help?" It breaks my heart that there are millions of individuals across the world who do not feel emotionally comfortable enough to use the freaking restroom. Is our world so crazy and hateful that people can't even execute a basic biological function without fear of attack? Does that not piss you off? Let us learn to treat our transgender brothers and sisters better. Let us learn to love without limits and without judgment. Let us learn to stop letting our prejudice stand in the way of our basic human decency. Moreover, let us stop thinking that we have a right to disagree with someone else's life. Who are you? Who am I? Who are they? Who is anyone to sit back and determine who someone else should or shouldn't be? Let us love better. Let us do better. Let us be better! Love wins, -Rev. Derek