“Transgender kids like me are not allowed to go to most schools because the teachers think we are different from everyone else. The schools get afraid of how they will talk with the other kids’ parents, and transgender kids are kept secret or told not to come there anymore. Kids are told not to be friends with transgender kids, which makes us very lonely and sad”.
We often feel like we don’t have enough blogs by, about or for trans people on LGBT icons, so when we spotted this awesome story on Pinknews.co.uk, we had to share.
On the day of Barak Obama’s inauguration, Sadie, an 11-year-old trans girl in western US, wrote a speech of her own, in a brilliant display of courage and maturity beyond her years.
According to her mother, Sadie was proud of Obama for using his inauguration speech to reaffirm his commitment to lesbian and gay equality, but felt the transgender community should have been included as well
Sadie expresses beautifully in her speech, called ‘Sadie’s Dream for the World’, the often challenging and painful reality facing transgender young people and adults in their everyday life.
A fifth grade student, Sadie transitioned socially from male to female in kindergarten, and is currently attending her first year in a public school, having been homeschooled previously.
We think Sadie did a remarkable job of capturing the very essence of what LGBT equality is all about; embracing and celebrating diversity; loving your fellow human beings; and the mainstream realisation that sexual orientation and gender identity does not have to define who you are as a person.
You can read Sadie’s full speech below (it originally appeared on the Transgriot blog).
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Sadie’s Dream for the World
“The world would be a better place if everyone had the right to be themselves, including people who have a creative gender identity and expression. Transgender people are not allowed the freedom to do things everyone else does, like go to the doctor, go to school, get a job, and even make friends.
Transgender kids like me are not allowed to go to most schools because the teachers think we are different from everyone else. The schools get afraid of how they will talk with the other kids’ parents, and transgender kids are kept secret or told not to come there anymore. Kids are told not to be friends with transgender kids, which makes us very lonely and sad.
When they grow up, transgender adults have a hard time getting a job because the boss thinks the customers will be scared away. Doctors are afraid of treating transgender patients because they don’t know how to take care of them, and some doctors don’t really want to help them. Transgender patients like me travel to other states to see a good doctor.
It would be a better world if everyone knew that transgender people have the same hopes and dreams as everyone else. We like to make friends and want to go to school. Transgender people want to get good jobs and go to doctors like they are exactly the same. It really isn’t that hard to like transgender people because we are like everyone else.”