Obama made gay rights history in his Inauguration speech Monday when he became the first president ever to use the word “gay” in an Inauguration and also the first president to ever mention NYC’s Stonewall riots of 1969. Progressives gay and straight alike praised the president for taking a civil rights stand in his address. But an 11 year-old transgender girl named Sadie felt left out, as she doesn’t include herself in the gay-straight categories.
Sadie’s mom Sage told HuffPo “Sadie was so proud of President Obama for including the gay community in his inaugural address on Monday; however, she felt like the trans community wasn’t included. That inspired her to write her own ‘speech.’”
Sadie sat down to write Obama a letter, and ended up making a case for inclusion and tolerance with more elegance and grace than most people three times her age are capable of. It’s a touching read, and damn convincing. Full text is below, with a screengrab of her letter, via HuffPo.
The world would be a better place if everyone had the right to be themselves, including people who have a creative gender identity and expression. Transgender people are not allowed the freedom to do things everyone else does, like go to the doctor, go to school, get a job, and even make friends.
Transgender kids like me are not allowed to go to most schools because the teachers think we are different from everyone else. The schools get afraid of how they will talk with the other kids’ parents, and transgender kids are kept secret or told not to come there anymore. Kids are told not to be friends with transgender kids, which makes us very lonely and sad.
When they grow up, transgender adults have a hard time getting a job because the boss thinks the customers will be scared away. Doctors are afraid of treating transgender patients because they don’t know how to take care of them, and some doctors don’t really want to help them. Transgender patients like me travel to other states to see a good doctor.
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.