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The attached document is the Complaint filed by Lambda Legal and others against the Governor of North Carolina and others, protesting the passage of HB 2, the notorious anti-LGBT law that has been in the press lately. While you can read it for yourself, I want to comment on a few things contained therein. The last thing I want to ever do is pass judgement on the Complaint itself. But as a transgender and intersex person who wants the public to learn about us as well as this law declared unconstitutional, I cannot help but notice some things brought forth that will help educate uninformed readers about us, our decency, our humanness, and our needs for love and respect.
Two of the Plaintiffs are transgender men. When a lot of people hear the word “transgender”, the image of a man dressed as a woman comes to mind. The idea that a biological man would dress up as a woman just to assault children in a public restroom is part of the fear engendered against those of us who are gender dysphoric. It isn’t that long ago that if a little boy told his parents or other responsible adults that he was really a girl, this would mean a stay at a state hospital and shock treatment to correct this “malady”.
Reflecting on my own journey, I also wonder if for a man to transition into womanhood sends a conscious or unconscious negative message to some men that maybe THEY aren’t men. Maybe THEY don’t have “balls”. When some of us are murdered, it isn’t quick. We are beaten, cut, set on fire– before the relief of death comes. We remember our dead yearly in the US and internationally. My own PTSD and trauma are tearing ME up now as I write this. Take a break.
For a female to become a man is not as well-known as a man becoming a woman. And it doesn’t rile up the haters as much, even if they knew there are women who become men. But we are both adversely affected by HB 2. Taking time in the Complaint to describe gender dysphoria, the Standards of Care of W-PATH, hormones, surgery, the other medical and social protocols, and the RIGHT we share with all persons to a life of freedom, safety, and growth cannot help but educate the entire Court.
The Complaints also condemns HB2 as much more than just a transgender issue. The whole LGBT community is affected by the atmosphere this law projects onto. LGB persons of color, as well as white. Being LGBT is not sinful or done for fun. This is who we are.
#LGBTIEquality #Transgender #Intersex
Roberta A Westerberg, MA *Skickat från min svenska IPad.🇸🇪