Call me old fashioned possums, but I kinda think that when it comes to something as intimate as how you identify gender and sexuality wise, it’s really no one else’s business other than your own.
You live in your skin. You have to face yourself each morning. How you wish to identify to the world is an unalienable right alongside freedom and the pursuit of happiness.
If you are a man in a woman’s body, a woman in a man’s body, gay, straight, bi, asexual – it’s up to you to decide how you determine your identity and it’s everyone else’s obligation and responsibility to respect that decision.
End of story.
Any attempt to inject morality into an issue of biology and personal identity is about as worthless as claiming rising sea levels from Global Warming won’t occur because God promised Noah he wouldn’t flood the earth again.
One rainbow – two completely different readings of it.
The sudden burst of ignorance from National (egged on by a clearly delighted Press Gallery) that allowing Trans People medical treatment is ‘nutty’ is the sort of dick head crap you put up with from distant relatives when they are drunk at Christmas.
Dickheadedness is an expectation from National, sadly it’s becoming the norm with Labour as well. Labour’s embarrassment that Young Labour would dare bring up equality for Trans people and want to progress that policy when the Labour leadership are desperate to ‘stay-on-message’ is as obvious as it is tedious.
The Press Gallery knows that progressive ideas by grass roots Labour can be spun into another ‘Labour-care-about-crazy-politically-correct-things-like-women-becoming-men-not-real-jobs-for-blue-collar-blokes-scoffing-mince-pies-down-at-the-sports-club’ style narratives, regardless of the bigotry that inspires.
The issue is simply about the right of the individual to have the autonomy to decide their own identity. It is a fundamental principle of a liberal democracy, not a political hate football to kick around for shits and giggles.