When talking about fertility, pregnancy and having babies; everything in my mind right away goes to pink or blue. Doesn’t yours? When we hear that a friend is pregnant the first question most people ask is, “Do you know if it's a boy or girl?”.
There may be nothing as surreal to a parent as their child telling them that they are not the gender that they were assigned at birth. Imagine what it must be like for a parent to hear their 5, 10, 15 or 20 year old son or daughter, tell them that they are not really a boy or a girl? That God made a mistake and put them in the wrong body?
What does it take to wake society up to the fact that there are many different aspects of ourselves in all of us? Does it need to be as big and bright as an Olympic gold medalist such as Bruce Jenner “coming out” as a person who is exploring gender?
The history of Transgender people is that they, we, don’t get a lot of attention in the straight world or the gay world. Sometimes it seems that there are few people in the straight or gay world that are completely comfortable with Trans Folk. Truly, it is only when we have true acceptance of someone that is different than us – that we can then see all the ways that they are also the same. Until then, there can be discrimination and biases when it comes to opportunities, information education and family building.