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What Else Can we Do?

1. CRITICAL THINKING

DISCRIMINATION thrives there it grows unchecked. 


It can be hard to hear that despite intentions, there are people in our communities who feel unsafe, undervalued, and invalid. Those who are affected by our actions, our indifference,  our assumptions, or our lack of awareness. 


The press and television companies can be a very useful and effective resource. Sadly the media is in the business of selling subscriptions the consequences of which may lead to dwindling scruples, responsibility, and accountability. have had a huge part to play in the way trans people have been negatively portrayed. These portrayals have had devastating effects, not only for trans people, but their loved ones too.


THE SOURCE

  • question the source of your information;
  • are they qualified/ experienced enough to judge;
  • what is their argument;
  • can they back up their argument with facts?
  • where can you find their evidence?


THE AUDIENCE

  • where is this article published?
  • what does the group or individual want you to believe?
  • How does the article they want you to feel?; 
  • take opinions to logical conclusion before you form your own 

OPINION: 

  • everyone is entitled to theirs; 
  • don't blur the lines between freedom of speech, bigotry, and hate speech.
  • be mindful of where opinions are expressed and how your comments might affect others around you.
  • be respectful.



2. LEARN

TRANS | PHOBIA:


TRANS

  • non-conforming gender identity


  • non-conforming gender expression


PHOBIA

  •   'Extreme or irrational fear or dislike of a specified thing or group' (OED)

3. LISTEN


Many of us will know what it is like to be bullied, or intimidated. 


We all need to challenge our own prejudices and biases


Tradition? 

So many acts of discrimination and prejudice which were socially accepted as 'tradition' at some point.  Acts of violence have been condoned: forced marriage, slavery, wife-beating. 


Testimonies of previous generations are invaluable


Respect is the cornerstone of community.


There is no shame in not knowing,  nor in making honest mistakes. The only shame is allowing our ignorance  hurt others. We must not use our ignorance as an excuse.

 

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