So what’s the big deal, right? Well, for someone who is trans, or a member of any other community within the LGBTQ umbrella, it is a big deal. Come to think of it, a regular, normal day, much like those experienced by the vast majority of people, for any minority group, is a big deal. To go through your day without facing any discrimination, denial of service, or abuse or bullying, is a big deal. Sad, but true. If you are a member of the majority, think about that. Picture your day, with all its challenges, then layer that on top. Welcome to a day that is not unfamiliar for people in my community or any minority group. The potential for such an experience is always there. And you never know when it’s going to rear its ugly head. So any night we can lay your head on your pillow and say it was just a normal day, is a good thing.
Now, in the interests of full disclosure, I have never had to deal with any of those issues. I say “we” because I am a member of the trans community, and proudly so. But I’m so very lucky, and I know that. But that doesn’t mean that others in my community that I personally know don’t have to face them. This evening I heard a story of a young woman, 27 years old, who is gay. She was given the ultimatum by her family of either going to counseling to be “fixed/cured”,or leave, never to be welcomed back. As such, she has now been disowned by her family. I know of someone in my home town that was denied housing because they are transgendered. I referred them to legal counsel to get some much needed help. Another young women can’t find employment because she is trans. It happens. And just because we can’t relate, or can’t imagine that it would happen to us, or someone we know, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen. It happens. Right here in Canada. While we live in an amazing country, we are not immune.
These instances just made me really appreciate a normal, regular day. So when you are thinking that you just had a normal, ho hum day, or that maybe your life is boring, think about people, in particular minorities, who would kill to experience a normal day. And we should all try to make each other’s day, a normal day. Remember, you don’t know what is going on behind the eyes of people you meet, what challenges they may be facing. So treat everyone with gentle hands. You just may be that person that makes their day, makes it a normal, regular day.