This is obviously an explosive issue. I’m sure I’ll get people in agreement but also many who will defiantly disagree and some who will hate me regardless of what it says. You know what? That’s fine with me. All I ask is to seriously consider what I’m saying below.
As a coach and mentor for over 30 years, I’ve learned to take a non-partisan approach to observing situations that are happening to me. I listen twice as much as I speak. I call it listening and seeing things in slow motion.
We all have our biases caused by life experiences unique to us. I’ve changed my position on a topic occasionally based on new information. It’s those who can’t do that and are blind to topics because there’s no way they may be incorrect that need some introspection about their own rose colored glasses of how they view the world.
My point is this: There’s never just one way to see a topic or the world. Only those who are willing to entertain this concept can solve problems with anything other than violence.
OK here we go….
During a recent girls night out (GNO), I had the pleasure of being in the company of both Republicans and Democrats. It was split pretty evenly.
It was truly refreshing to engage in calm discussions where we respectfully disagreed on the causes of various issues we all face and the best solutions to tackle them. We agreed to disagree on some issues and agreed upon most issues but still remained friends.
Despite our differences, there was one crucial topic that united us all: trans rights. It was heartwarming to witness such a strong consensus among us. It made me reflect on the importance of inclusivity within our own political tribes.
When some individuals within our ranks vilify their fellow sisters for not aligning with their exact beliefs, they inadvertently isolate potential allies and diminish the strength of our advocacy.
It’s vital to recognize that diverse perspectives can enhance our collective power and help us create a more inclusive and compassionate trans group and society as a whole.
So my answer to the title of my piece is, “YES”.
Dr. Gwen Patrone