I, like many others in the LGBT community, was very happy that President Obama made the courageous step of including LGBT history and rights a part of his inauguration speech. I’m proud of him for doing that. As impressive as that is, there’s always more work to be done, and more disenfranchised people to be recognized and protected.
Sadie, an 11 year old transgirl, agrees with me. The Huffington Post covered this story as have many others. The wonderful thing about Sadie is that she didn’t just do what many of us do and get disappointed and complain. She took action, and wrote an essay in response to Obama’s speech calling Obama to task for the omission of transgender people. She wrote, in part:
It would be a better world if everyone knew that transgender people have the same hopes and dreams as everyone else. We like to make friends and want to go to school. Transgender people want to get good jobs and go to doctors like they are exactly the same. It really isn’t that hard to like transgender people because we are like everyone else.
I like that she approaches this in a positive way, educating people instead of criticizing Obama and being angry. She seems like a mature, balanced girl. I saw a TV segment on her once, though I can’t remember what show it was on. She presents as happy, healthy and mature when she could be defensive and angry. Perhaps we adults could learn something about fighting for our rights from her.