Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Taking Bathroom Talk to the Airwaves - The Transgender Right to Go

Out in Santa Cruz, a local radio show focusing on LGBTQ issues, hosted a discussion of bathrooms and acceptance just prior to Governor Brown’s signature on legislation making it possible for transgender kids to use the gender-appropriate bathrooms and join gender-appropriate sport teams at their schools.

The hosts, professional queers Steph Taylor & Shaun Ordinario, invited a local Triangle Speaker, Dayna Sinopoli and me to join them in the studio. Dayna is an adult transgender woman and I was there to share from both a parent and child’s point of view. It took place at KSCO 1080AM in Santa Cruz and it was very exciting.

Okay, I'm kinda short so it just looks
like Dayna is trying to kill me.
Although I am not an expert on the issues that transgender people might have, having a trans child has given me a lot of insight on the issues and I was very happy to answer all of the questions that came my way.

I truly enjoyed sharing the time with Dayna. She told her very compelling story of transition while she worked as a nurse. It still brings tears to her eyes today. She is an amazing, strong woman. It was a lot of fun to be on the show and the hosts, Shaun and Steph, made it a relaxed and enjoyable evening.

I invite you to listen to the recording and let me know what you think.

UPDATE: in the wake of so many ridiculous comments that have been made since Governor Brown signed the legislation, I just want to say a few things.

The hosts made us so comfortable.
1. Transgender children have already been using the bathrooms that match their gender. You didn’t know it because they don’t feel the need to announce it. They are going to the bathroom not performing a strip tease. If you take a moment to think about what they experience, you’d realize they are incredibly modest.

2. If someone wants to pose as transgender to use the “wrong” bathroom, they are going to have to work pretty hard. Transgender kids present as their gender: boys look and act like boys and girls look and act like girls. They aren’t trying to “con” people.

3. Anyone who abuses this law to “pull a fast one” is doing just that. They aren’t transgender. Transgender kids don’t want to be noticed. They just want to be like everyone else.

4. Being transgender takes incredible bravery. Your support means everything. 

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