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July 22, 2013 Posted by: Alysha

Let's think about something for a minute.  Open your mind and just look impartially on the subject.  What if transgender people were the strongest among us?  What if God did not make a mistake?  Instead, He planned it.  He gave those people a huge obstacle because He knew they could overcome it.  He always lets us find who we really are.  So why not give them the hardest obstacle, gender.  He could have picked those people because they were the strongest and most deserving of our species.  In most cases, they find out who they are before we even realize we are lost.  We struggle trying to find the things that make us happy and complete in life.  While they have found it.  And we try to take them away from that because misery loves company.  They don't go through years of therapy and an operation just for you to bully and discriminate against them.  Just think of it as people with a separate path from yours because that is exactly what it is.  Now the choice is yours.  You can either keep your mind open to these possibilities or keep it closed off from diversity.


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  1. Horace - Philadelphia, Pa.
    July 25, 2013 at 12:31

    I think that your topic is very interesting because you selected a topic that has the capacity to make people feel uncomfortable. That is a positive. Difficult topics cannot be addressed without making people take a hard look at their beliefs. I felt that your plea to treat these individuals with respect and acceptance was admirable. As a critique,I would be mindful of your use of generalizations. You seem to imply that everyone who has not made the decision to be transgender has somehow missed their happiness,or that by choosing the transgender lifestyle, those individuals have found their panacea. While I would agree that those individuals have shown tremendous courage in embracing their choice amidst a world of naysayers, I would not agree that by making this choice alone, they have somehow managed to create a life devoid of hardship. Nevertheless, your point is well taken.

  2. Jose - Philadelphia, Pa.
    July 25, 2013 at 12:29

    Movie Title: "Someday This Pain Will be Useful To You"

  3. Judith - Philadelphia, PA
    July 25, 2013 at 12:27

    Very thought provoking piece. Thank you!

  4. Aileen - Philadelphia, PA
    July 25, 2013 at 12:18

    Hi Alysha, Just curious--why do you say gender is the biggest obstacle?

  5. Phyliss - Philadelphia, PA
    July 24, 2013 at 06:40

    Wow! you just changed the way I think about myself. well written, thank you.

  6. Bethany - Philadelphia, PA
    July 23, 2013 at 06:36

    I really appreciate that this brings up a topic that, as Al says, many people don't always think about. In your writing, you encourage us all to think about topics we might not have paid enough attention to - an important job that a writer can do with writing.

  7. Lois - Bloomington, In
    July 23, 2013 at 07:51

    This is beautifully written and persuasive. Please, keep using your talents to open peoples' minds!

  8. Rita - Drexel Hill, PA
    July 22, 2013 at 06:52

    Alysha, you make a very passionate plea for acceptance of others, especially for those on a less-traveled path. You challenge us to think deeply about rights and freedom in a diverse society.

  9. MRS. E - FALLS, PENNSYLVANIA
    July 22, 2013 at 06:40

    We are not the same. We are different! Everyone has different finger prints. Why should anyone's gender have anything to do with the value of that person. We have to stop looking at race, religion and gender and start looking at the person. There are many talented members of your group. You are the future of this country. Lead us away from this blindness.

  10. Al - Aldan, PA
    July 22, 2013 at 06:09

    I must admit, I am a little nervous being the first to respond to this post. Here goes nothing, or something. My first reaction was "I agree". You can't tell but the emphasis is on the period. I agree, but I don't do or think much about it. You challenge me to take many of Jefferson's words to the next level. Can I (or we) treat all people of all genders as the equals that they are? Will I work to safeguard their life, their liberty and their pursuit of happiness? The next time I face this challenge, I hope I remember your words.

 

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