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Being strong enough to say "this matters more than polarization, more than tribalism." Is a well of beautiful spring water to me.
Being strong enough to say, "this matters more than polarization, more than tribalism." Is a well of beautiful spring water to me.
Today, it hit me how rare it is for an Evangelical Christian & a lesbian/transitioned to a trans man who is not claiming their sexuality was miraculously cured by Jesus Christ to come together, appreciate and develop a camaraderie friendship outside this belief to become a team. Let's be candid Dr Brown considers homosexuality as wrong, curable, and me a lesbian now, a trans man who thinks on this topic Dr Brown is full of shit. It's rare that two people who draw a line in the sand that deep can say, "We agree to disagree", let's move on.
Over a year ago, my Newsweek article came out asking for bipartisanship, for all communities to build an army to stop childhood transition. I believed then and now even more as I keep studying, encountering more draw-dropping validities about what is happening to kids. Dr Brown was the first person to call out, not only contact but wrote a genuine article about accepting my plea. Dr Brown was enthusiastic to begin and revealed unfiltered heartstrings vulnerability without judging what he believed was wrong with other beliefs. Dr Brown opened himself up and how the Newsweek article brought him to tears.
I am an opinionated person & I 100% believe people hit the floor with sexuality, and it does not change. If you think Michael and I haven't had verbal sparring about this issue, you are wrong! The difference is after I tell Michael he's "fucked up, wrong about sexuality", he tells me that I'm fucked up (of course he doesn't curse) & we both listen, and then we say, "ok, not going to fix that, but what do we agree on?
Stopping the medicalization of children unites us in a common goal.
I have been saying for 3 yrs now this needs to happen to save kids from medical transition faster, and I still say it & I still believe it.
Society does not know the magnitude, consequences, studies, and so on about transing kids because of our segregated societies. When one community steps up, it is unbalanced because the 'bigot' word is thrown. It doesn't matter if it's true or not. When you leave holes in this debate, you will not win. When communities come together, it closes the gap; the more communities that come together, the smaller the opening, the smaller the gap, the more people we touch with the truth who have never listened or heard or know the truth about childhood transition.
For me? This is not a game, I have nothing to gain, and if you knew me personally, you would know how desperately I want to close this chapter in my life. I have no desire to remain an activist once kids are safe? I'm gone.
So, before you send me a nasty email about me joining hands with Michael, understand this...Michael listens to me; he doesn't demean me or spend hours and hours sending me literature I will never read or hound me with his beliefs. We drew a line in the sand and moved last it. I do the same for Michael. I do not try to change his mind; it's agreed to disagree.
But, I'll tell you what. Michael and I talk a lot, and if I was ever in trouble or a pickle? Michael is on my shortlist of people I know who would be there for me.
We don't have to agree on all to find common ground, be decent and work together for a change we agree on.