Becoming Aware

I was reading how many Native American cultures viewed people of the LGBTQ with heightened respect, often referring them as “Two Spirit” people. They were seen as more capable, able to do more creative work, taking on the roles of healers and leaders in their tribes (  In fact, many cultures have an elevated regard for the LGBTQ even while others, including our Western culture, regard them with fear and violence. 

I was often told that the LGBTQ, especially transgender persons, are immoral, perverted, and somehow a danger to society. It took me a long time to see what utter nonsense it is. 

My child is now grown and has recently told me that she is transgender.  Including her, I know six transgender people and they are some of the finest people I know… brilliant and kind, with minds that reach out to the beyond, embracing spirituality, art, music. They are not aberrations to be tolerated, feared, or pitied. They are often the best of humanity.

Does their being transgender put them more deeply in touch with humanity even while our society relegates them to the outer margins?

A Google search reveals remarkable transgender people in history—Athletes, soldiers, actors, activists,… and martyrs.  

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Today, November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, where we recognize people who have died for being transgender.

This is new to me, but I’m going to start paying attention and speaking up. 

“At least 37 transgender and gender-nonconforming people have been killed this year, most of them Black and Brown transgender women. It’s intolerable. This Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honor their lives—and recommit to the work that remains to end this epidemic of violence.”  –President Elect Joe Biden at:

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