These are the kinds of things that remind us exactly why it’s important to have events like the Transgender Day of Remembrance and confront the bigotry.
David W. Virtue, one of the leading anti-gay voices in the Anglican Church in Canada, posts the following excerpt:
“For sheer nuttiness and absurdity, it is TransGender Awareness Week while Saturday is the Day of Remembrance for all killed for being transgender, according to the Rev. Ann Fontaine, an Episcopal priest in Lander, Wyoming. Really. We at VOL are trying to find a transgendered person who has been killed to report back where he/she found him/herself after death and how anybody knew him/her was transgendered to begin with. One does not exactly see transgendered folk waving flags about it in the street. The only one I ever met, who went from being a him to a her, never felt threatened. In fact, I would never have known she was a he before he became a her.”
Well, the list of people we remember at the Transgender Day of Remembrance grows by an average of 30 verifiable people every year. The Trans Murder Monitoring project at Trans Respect versus Transphobia (TvT) contains many more, although not always verifiable or clearly connected to transphobic attitudes — this year, their number is 179 people, which at the very least indicates that there are many more worldwide than we know about. Their stories will vary — most times, we don’t broadcast that we’re trans, but that doesn’t mean that people never find out or get violent on it.
Timothy Bloedow gets even more mocking (trigger warning):
“Sex activists wear adult clothes but they have never grown up. Instead of recognizing natural reality and truth, they embrace perversion. When young people express confusion about their sexuality, these adolescent adults want to affirm them in the most perverse expressions of this confusion instead of guiding them into clarity and truth.
“Maybe some of these adults are predatory beasts who want to groom and desensitize youth and children to be their victims. Perhaps they are simply fools. But what a tragedy that on any day, let alone Universal Children’s Day, another group of sex activists wants to celebrate their confusion and a perversion that many say is a threat to children.
“… those who think they are “transgendered” are also tragic victims. They are not transgendered. They are confused. They are lost. They need the guidance and help from real men and real women. They need protection, including by the law, from those who would sexually, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually abuse them by affirming them in their confusion….”
He then goes on to raise fears about Bill C-389 using the “bathroom predator” myth, attack a representative from PFLAG, pontificate about parenting and that fathers aren’t masculine enough and (I’m reading between the lines now, but this was also what I learned from the pulpit that a “good Christian upbringing” was, that would surely steer a child straight) apparently don’t beat the $#!t out of their kids enough. He then, inexplicably, finishes by hyping a book entitled “Joyfully at Home” about how one woman’s “little-girl dreams of becoming a mommy were supplanted by bigger visions of winning the Pulitzer Prize or an Oscar and appearing on Oprah,” until she realized that God wanted her home and pregnant, rather than troubling her pretty little head about wanting a career. Silly women.
You may find it outrageous that I am allowed to exist, Mr. Bloedow, but fortunately most Canadians realize that we’ve moved past a stone-age mentality of debating who should be allowed to exist.
And as long as backwards, twisted attitudes like this are allowed to be the tipping point on whether we can or cannot work, reside, travel, have access to services and / or have violence done to us, Bill C-389 remains important.