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Let’s Talk About Empathy, Transgender Rights, and Bathrooms

This week’s Thinking Thursday is going to get a little political… okay that’s a lie. It is going to get really political but I have held this in for too long and now I believe this is the best time to say something. This week we are going to explore empathy, transgender rights, and bathrooms. Why?

Simply put:

This is my blog and I do what I want.

Long answer:

The world at the moment needs more voices speaking out about injustices and although I may not be part of the communities being persecuted I try to empathize with their situation and figure out a way to help.

This post was brought to you by Trump’s actions towards the LGBTQ community, lifting the the protection act that forced schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that matched their gender. I used the words forced, because many of the schools where this act was set were likely going to ignore the needs of these students or force these students into difficult situations that made them feel unsafe.

Now, the reason for Trump’s administration lifting this act is stupid. Their biggest fear is that if this act in put in place sexual offenders will say they are trans to gain access to the restrooms to harm women. Right there, is a huge issue, actually several issues.

  1. Not all sexual offenders are men.
  2. Trans-individuals are more likely to be assaulted in restrooms.
  3. If someone wants to sexually assault someone a law isn’t going to stand in their way.

What this act is doing is forcing trans-individuals back into hiding and limiting their rights as human beings. If you don’t allow someone to use a restroom in a public space that means you are limiting their life and experiences. You are also targeting cis-individuals that don’t fit within gender norms. Women with more muscle, who are taller, may have thinner hair, or facial hair may be targeted. Men who are smaller, dress more feminine, or have a lack of facial hair may be targeted for not fitting in.

Students who are beginning to find themselves are forced to use facilities that don’t make them feel safe, which should be the number one concern of a school.

I have never had a problem with anyone using a bathroom. When I go to the bathroom the last thing that crosses my mind is ‘how is the person going to the bathroom right beside me’ or ‘is the person beside me going to hurt me?’. I don’t care! I’m too preoccupied with my own bodily functions to be concerned about anyone else.

Plus there are already laws in place to protect people in bathrooms, which I hate to say, don’t stop those who want to break them. Forcing a group of people into dangerous situations because you think there’s a problem – that doesn’t have any statistical evidence to support – doesn’t help but instead harms people. This kind of thinking makes you a closed minded person, who needs to realize the world is filled with a diverse spectrum of genders, races, beliefs, and ideas.

I am cis, white, and woman. I have had the privilege of not having to go through the challenges those within the LGBTQ community do. I don’t have to face the difficulties of people not accepting me or the loss of friend/family because they don’t understand me. I know I will never have to face these challenges head-on but I also know that I can’t ignore them either. I educate myself about the issues facing LGBTQ youth. I use my writing and the information I’ve learnt to try and shed light on issues facing the world today. I show empathy and explore opinions that are not my own because I believe everyone should have the same rights no matter what. #TRANSRIGHTSAREHUMANRIGHTS

All I ask from you is for you to try and see this situation through another person’s eyes.

Educate yourself.

To get started I’ve put two of my favourite YouTube channels down below. You’re welcome to start a discussion in the comments, as I love to hear what my readers have to say. Until next time remember to stay safe, be creative, and as always toodles! ^.^

 

If only they understood…

There are those in life that won’t accept you, but there are many you’ll meet that will happily be by your side.

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Children of Sirphan: I’ll Try

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A Week Until Book Two Is Released!

Man it feels like yesterday that I was just publishing book one… well it was last year… but still. XD

I wanted to share with you the fact that there are 7 days until Children of Sirphan is released! Are you pumped? I know I’m pumped!!

Keep your eyes open for new updates but for now I’ll share this. 🙂

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1 Month Until Children of Sirphan is Released!

Hello World Out There World!

As you can tell from the title I have exciting news. Children of Sirphan, the second book of the Prophecy Six Series, is being released 1 month from today – December 20th, 2016. I am so pumped to be able to add a second book to the collection and I hope all of you are excited to continue following Liora on her adventures!

With that said I want to give you a little information about Children of Sirphan:

Children of Sirphan follows Liora learning more about her powers and about the Prophecy Six. She soon discovers that she isn’t the only one with powers and that there are five others chosen by the Gods. As she is the first of the Six it is up to her to find them and help them understand/ control their new abilities.

While learning more about her role as the Six’s leader, and fighting with guardians on how she is to act within the Castle of Demor, Liora begins having dreams of a white haired girl standing on a rocky shoreline being swallowed by a flood. Plagued by her dreams and trying to remember/ recover from her own trauma of losing her people Liora is determined to find the answers through finding the strange girl and discovering why she continues to haunt Liora’s mind.

A mystery wrapped in a world of fantasy, approaching social issues in a creative manner with lighthearted/ realistic characters. Find the first chapter of Children of Sirphan HERE.
Want to start from the beginning? Find the first book – Child of the LightHERE.

They were supposed to be safe

They were supposed to be safe.
The one place we could be us. Where we could hold hands and kiss without glares or unwarranted stares. The place where we could love openly without cruel whispers from those that judge us without even knowing who we are. A place we could dance without fear of being escorted out by security because ‘two boys dancing that close isn’t right’.
They were supposed to be safe.
The one place we didn’t have to think about the world outside; where we walk down the streets dodging physical assaults and insults like grenades. Where our younger selves hid because we didn’t know how our families would react to ‘loving wrong’. And when we did free ourselves from our own chains, afraid of who we would lose, we soon discovered who our true allies were in this world and where we asked ourselves why we didn’t come out sooner…
They were supposed to be safe.
A place where we could find like-minded people to grow our circle of friends and find someone that sees the true us. The real us. To love those we love not because ‘we want to hurt you’. Not because ‘it’s a phase’ but because love is love is love is love.
They were supposed to be safe.
So, when the place we feel safe – our church, our school, our home – is blown apart by the fears we try to lock out we feel a wave of fear, anger, loss wash over our community. With loss we come together and do what we’ve always done. We listen, love, and support one another and teach the world we are strong because when they see us united the world will change for the better.

Writing Prompt: Didn’t See Me

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