Despite what this Administration says, the welfare and safety of our transgender youth is not a States’ Rights issue.
It is a Human Rights issue. Plain and simple.
Creating and supporting an environment that is safe and affirming for all of our youth, including and especially those who are marginalized and vulnerable is in the best interest of all of us as a society and only asks that we open our hearts. It does not require our agreement, or even our full understanding. All it asks of us is our empathy and compassion.
If you find yourself resistant to this, there is a wonderful Buddhist meditation practice called Metta, or Lovingkindness meditation. It is a training in opening the heart.
In Metta, we begin with offering to ourselves, using the phrases:
May I be happy
May I be safe
May I be free from suffering
Then we offer to others, using the phrases:
May you be happy
May you be safe
May you be free from suffering
Offering to a loved one, then to a benefactor. Offering to someone we may be aware of, but do not really know. Then to someone with whom we may be in disagreement or find we have some negative feelings toward. Then we offer to all beings, all of life.
We can surely also offer this practice to those whom we may not understand, for those who are different from us, who hold different views, who have a life experience different from ours.
Compassion is love offered and put into action out of the tenderness and softness of our hearts. It is not something we give to only those we agree with or for whom we think merit its benefits. It is a gift we give, simply because it is there and it is needed. It benefits the giver as well as the recipient.
Stand with our youth, stand with our transgender family, because love calls us to do so.