I don’t get a chance to read every news article out there, not even close, but when a subject line hits a nerve, I’m all ears (well eyes, really, because I’m reading, but you know what I mean.) So here I am scrolling through some stories and looking for a WARRIOR, when I see the title of an article, “What not to say to a transgender person.” Having been out on Monday night and meeting a transgender person, I was curious to read what potential gaffe I may have perpetrated. Thankfully, I didn’t screw it up, but it would have been very easy to make some of the mistakes that writer T Cooper highlights in his article. The article was motivated by an episode of The Katie Couric show, when she had two guests that are transgendered. Katie asked the guests about their private parts, and transgendered or not, that was totally uncool! Model Carmen Carrera, and “Orange is the New Black” star Laverne Cox, handled Katie’s discomfort and invasive questioning with grace, therefore making them WARRIOR’s for sure! T Cooper, is a transgender male, so he has a right to speak on the subject, but in truth, T Cooper is also a pretty great writer and an accomplished one at that. He also happens to be married, has kids, and he and his wife are doing something remarkable at WeAreChangers.org. The bottom line of what they are doing is empathy, hoping to open up our eyes so we can try to understand that we are all people, no matter what we do, who we love, what we look like. T Cooper is a WARRIOR, his wife Allison is a WARRIOR, and I can only hope that their efforts will in turn create other WARRIORS!
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