Lessons Forgotten

The ACLU’s debunking myths about transgendered girls in sports makes a good read. You can find it at https://www.aclu.org/news/lgbtq-rights/four-myths-about-trans-athletes-debunked.

My blog does not regurgitate what you can find for yourself online or in the daily media. However, I do intend to raise issues that are important to me by tying them into my personal experience, my learning curve, and my hope to evoke civil discourse for the benefit of all.

I have a trans grandson. While he was a girl, he was into all manner of extreme sports, even receiving a national martial arts scholarship. But dresses, dances—no no, not his deal. His guitar playing was sad; his desire to continue as a female became unbearable until, in desperation, he dropped out of school and GoFunded a double mastectomy. Prior to changing, he, who was then a she, could beat any boy or girl at any sport in which he was active. Is he huge? No, he is petite—built like me (the only one of my grandchildren who is).

Before researching the facts behind the hullabaloo about transgendered children playing sports, I only had mixed feelings about this issue. Any other attempts to limit LGBTQ rights and needs is absolutely indefensible. I have a granddaughter who is a champion shot put thrower. So is her big brother. While she can’t outdistance him yet, she holds her own with the boys on her high school team. There is no mistaking her for a boy!

The consequences of making transgendered children ”other” is simply too heinous to contemplate. It feels a lot like the sports boycott against people of color. Do we really want to repeat the hate of the past?

Published by Carole J. Garrison

I’m a conversationalist, an observer, a passionate participant in life. And now, in my later years, I’m a recorder of the lessons of my life through essays, stories, and novels. I live in the fourth moment of life, just outside the normal distribution of most people and it is from this place that I write.

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