Why Do Conservatives Attack Abortion and Trans Rights in the Same Ways?

Thu, 2 Nov 2023 13:01:46 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"We were at the sinks in the ladies room, the stranger and I, washing our
hands, when a trans woman came out of a stall, looked in the mirror and sighed.
After she left, the stranger turned to me and said: “Can you believe that? A
man, in here!” She shook her head disapprovingly.

This was 20 years ago, but I’ve never forgotten that stranger’s disdain. It has
stayed with me, because the moment called for me to respond to her with
courage. What I delivered instead was cowardice.

“I don’t think she’s doing anybody any harm,” I said, quietly, and then rushed

What I didn’t say was, “I’m trans, too.” I didn’t tell her that I knew
firsthand what it was like, in the early stages of transition, to face the
constant threat of judgment, and cruelty, even violence. Or, that I knew all
too well how much difference a touch of kindness could make during that very
hard time."

Via What Could Go Right? September 28, 2023:

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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