Ed Team

Suck it up, you trans wimps

Filed By Ed Team | March 21, 2010 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Ft Wayne, gender expression, gender identity, human rights ordinance, Indiana, Karen Goldner, suck it up, Tom Didier

"I didn't get a law when someone was poking me down the hallway when I was 14, 15 years old, calling me names and everything else. I dealt with it. If anything, it made me a stronger person."

-- Ft. Wayne, Indiana Councilman Tom Didier on why he voted against allowing fellow councilor Karen Goldner to introduce legislation to add "gender identity and expression" to the city's non-discrimination policies. You read that correctly; the measure wasn't tabled, it wasn't even allowed to be introduced.

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Politicians need to realize that poking and namecalling are not the primary problems for LGBT adults--restriction of jobs, housing and insurance are.

On a side note, why is there an anti-ENDA ad for the Traditional Values Coalition reading "Do You Want Men Dressed as Women Teaching Your Kids?" on the side of this page?

Our introduction to Gender Identity/expression to our city council was about to happen and I think it could have passed. The others in the group wanted all or nothing, so that is what they got nothing. It has been 5 years and nothing has been said on dealt with. We did get something into our state and that was no discriminating in housing and jobs.

There was a big difference between the taunts the other kids suffered and the abuse I suffered on a daily basis during my school years.
The epithets we're different also. There was some comfort in inclusion by being called names used by the existing social meme.
Protections in the form of legislation, school codes, etc... are nessesary to insure children are all treated equitably at the least and preferably honored for the unique people they they all are.