Heartwarming …

Rebekah

With all the media attention being paid today to how presidential Donald Trump came across last evening in his State of the Union address, it’s easy to overlook the reality that being Presidential and acting Presidential are two entirely different things.

In case anyone has forgotten, the Trump administration withdrew Obama-era protections for transgender students in public schools one week ago today. Those protections allowed transgendered kids to use bathrooms and facilities corresponding with their gender identity.

The announcement followed the Department of Justice’s recent withdrawal from a court challenge related to the protections. Some believe all of this portends more anti-LGBTQ initiatives from Trump and his minions.

Whatever else it may portend, the decision was a mean-spirited attack on kids who simply want to be their true selves and be treated with dignity while attending school. Trump proved last night he could act Presidential. But whether he can be Presidential is doubtful.

A real President would stand up for all Americans, including vulnerable kids, not consign them to the bigots and haters who insist everyone must be like them. Kids like Rebekah featured above and in this story

It’s heartwarming story and certainly a lot more worthy of your attention than all the stories about how presidential Trump behaved for one evening. And while we’re on the topic, don’t forget to watch the remaining episodes of When We Rise if you want to see how some other Presidents treated us.

You go, Rebekah!

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6 thoughts on “Heartwarming …

  1. Nothing scarier than a 10 year old kid that doesn’t know which bathroom to use 🙂

    Recording “When we Rise” hope to be able to sit down and watch the full series shortly.

    Going with LGBT issues saw the end of the Fosters last night and it got me thinking what is taught in sex ed classes today that help LGBT kids? And is it compulsory that all private schools include LGBT information? Fosters was dealing with a 14 year old boy that knows he is gay but what is being done to help kids before they get to this age? In my own case I always knew I was different and was either 9 or 10 when I saw the word homosexual. In my era there was nothing for us. Personally I feel that most gay kids know as with Rebekah that they just aren’t “normal” long before they hit puberty. There are numerous YouTube videos from young kids but is the Internet where these kids have to get their information?

    I have been involved in this battle for 70 years. We have made some great strides in the last 40 – 50 years but with Trumps announcement last week the U.S. has taken a giant leap back. Until a kid can sit in a classroom and hear their situation discussed openly without having to go to the school nurse and expose themselves, we are a long way from equality. Suicide for gay youth is 4 times higher than their straight counterparts. Unfortunately those figures are not accurate. How many of those straight youth are really gay kids that no one knew about?

    1. Thanks for commenting, James. Sometimes I wonder whether it really is two steps forward, one step back, or the other way around. It’s probably a lot better today for gay kids than when you were growing up, at least in a lot of the states. But it could be better still.

      I think you’ll like When We Rise. Given just how ambitious the task was, I have to say Dustin Lance Black is a creative genius. He did the movie about Harvey Milk and that was very good. This is incredible. Both he and the rest of those who brought it about, including the cast, have done something not just artistically impressive but genuinely important.

      I wish I had talent like that.

    1. Glad to see you’re watching, Adam. I read somewhere that Dustin Lance Black didn’t direct the final two episodes. Also, if you tune in at 8 p.m. this evening (Thursday), there is apparently a program featuring the real people portrayed in the program.

      1. I saw that 8 pm show and it was very interesting. It was nice to put a “real” face to the show and listen directly from their perspective. I have to miss tonight’s show (Friday) so hopefully I can find it online.

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