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Sept. 26, 2013: Paying a Price

September 27, 2013

The teen who was crowned homecoming queen at her high school says on a YouTube video that she has been getting cyber-bullied since then. She is paying a price for expressing who she is. Why am I not surprised? This is a free country, and each person has the right to express his or her opinions. But it’s tragic that some people use their expression to bully others for expressing themselves. The teen’s fellow students also expressed themselves by voting for her, so this cyber-bullying is an attack on them, too. (BTW, I read that she wasn’t the first transgender person to become a homecoming queen. But she is still very courageous for taking the stand that she did.)

Meanwhile, another teen, a female-to-male transgender, was told by his school district in Pennsylvania that he cannot run for homecoming king, because he has not had the surgery to change him anatomically. Here’s the link: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/pa-schools-nix-transgender-homecoming-king-entry-20355214. Of course, there are a lot of comments at the bottom of the story by people who think that gender is determined solely by whether you have a vagina or a penis. Hormones? Nonsense. Brain development? Forget it. Just take all that research performed by all those doctors who have spent their professional lives studying the numerous and complex physical aspects of gender and throw them out the window, because it’s all about what’s between your legs.

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