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Recently my University made the news for introducing gender-neutral toilets in response to a growing population of Transgender and no binary students. At first I was taken aback by this simply because I was oblivious to the fact that the University has any transgender students in the first place; which makes me sound really ignorant. I know. I suppose having such label written across one’s forehead is a bit much. In the same way we don’t expect someone with HIV/Aids virus to have such written across their forehead letting the world know of their state of health. Not that being a transgender is the same as having HIV/Aids.  I’m just going to stop now.

Anyways reading further into the article which was picked up by the BBC and I read quotes like “That some students described having to ‘hold it in’ until they got home.” My first reaction was bursting out these words, ‘You can still go toilet, and no one is going to hold you or stop you from going.’ Although this bold act has received a few outcries from other students who stated that weren’t consulted before the act became an action nor did they share their voice consequentially in this action. The issue of this matter is either here nor there for me personally, but I find it rather interesting that the ‘Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner’ thing is bring to light in a way a taboo topic to the tips of many tongues within our society. It’s like a domino effect.

Regardless of this, I believe we (society) are belligerent. We aspire to be ‘heard’ and aspire for ‘greatness’ that we have become an outright spearhead in our own right, delivering speeches to a ‘world’ full of bigots. We are so hell bent on saying something that we’ve forgotten the simple cycle of communication; having something ‘worth saying’ is almost as good as having an audience to impact.

As a Christian I am taught to love the person but hate the sin; disregard the things of which aren’t of God and draw closer things that uphold Godliness and in saying that I don’t hate the people and whatever situation they are going through, I stand for God so I stand for love (1 John 4:8,16) . I however strongly disagree with the idealism of ‘being born in the wrong skin or body’. I for one know my God never makes mistakes.

I’ll leave you with a quote by Ursula K. Le Guin, who said – ‘nothing is yours. It is to use. It is to share. If you will not share it, you cannot use it.’

2 comments

  1. You’re right. We are not born to hate but born to love. The issue of transgender is meant to be addressed and not tolerated. Maybe it’s cos I grew up at a time when there was no internet and the world was far apart but we as a world all had our morals right and values intact so I for one will always stand for what is right.

    If they are ‘holding it in’ cos they want to do the wrong thing, then I think they should keep ‘holding it in’.

    It is sad to know that our society has lost the values and morals they were built on but the Bible tells us ‘not to conform ourselves to the standard of this world’ and this transgender issue is one that’s becoming the standard. It’s a time we have to be strong, we have to be sure and confident of what we stand for while also being careful of what we fall for.

    1. Dare I say, I miss the ingenuous days of my youth because there was nothing like transgender, homosexuality and wrong-skin and all these things that are now becoming the driving force of our society.
      I agree with you and now more than ever we have to be confident and stand out for what we believe in.

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