A headline in my morning news feed:
Judge blocks Biden admin directives on transgender athletes, bathrooms
Judge Charles Atchley Jr., appointed to the Eastern District of Tennessee in the last weeks of the failed Trump administration, “temporarily blocked Biden administration directives allowing transgender workers and students to use bathrooms and locker rooms and join sports teams that correspond with their gender identity.”
Here’s what happened: twenty GOP-controlled states have passed laws allowing (or requiring) discrimination against trans students and workers. President Uncle Joe’s directives, in effect, said, “Hey, it’s your state, do what you think you have to. BUT if you do that, you’ll lose some federal funding.” The Attorneys General of those states said, “It’s not fair for you to deny us some of that sweet federal cash just because we think trans people are icky and want to punish them.” The Biden position is, “Dude, our cash, our rules.”
But here’s the thing: bigots can hold power and punish trans folks, but it’s not going to stop them. I mean, just think about how much courage and determination it takes for trans people to identify themselves as trans. City, county, and state governments pass laws that are specifically and deliberately cruel to trans kids–and they still stand up and say, “I’m Spartacus!” Bigots and assholes physically attack and murder trans folks–and they still stand up and say, “I’m Spartacus!”
Do these judges and attorneys general really think trans kids will stop being trans just because the government puts an end to inclusive bathrooms? They’ve been beaten and publicly humiliated and murdered and disowned by their parents–and NONE of that has stopped them from being trans because that’s who they fucking are.
A couple of days ago on the news, there was one of those classic ‘hero citizen’ reports. Guy spots a house on fire, alerts the people inside, gashes his arm breaking a window to rescue a child. Everybody cheers this guy, because he’s a genuine hero.
Trans folks–and especially trans kids–run into a burning house every damned day just by living their lives. They risk their lives every damned day just by going out in public. They are quietly heroic every damned day.
Ain’t no judge or attorney general going to stop them.
My hubby, as a teen, was walking with a friend when they saw a place with a fridge on the porch and the fridge was on fire. There was nobody home and they ran into his yard, unplugged the fridge, dragged it off the porch so the fire could burn out without taking the guys house with it. Then they walked on.
They did not get hailed as heroes. When the home owner saw his fridge on his lawn, he accused them of trying to steal his fridge. I guess he thought they got tired or forgot they didn’t have a truck with them or something?
Anyway, that might be more like what trans kids go through. They waltz into that fire because they are who they are, and then they are accused of crimes. Nonsensical, ridiculous, unlikely crimes.
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