Accepting real diversity is for everyone; shows examples of sex and racial discrimination.
Prejudice is so deep inside some people, they don’t even see that’s what it is. Can’t we value diversity for its own sake?

If You List Who You Accept, You Exclude Who You Don’t
Accepting Real Diversity

Without Diversity Where Would We Be?
Use Neutral Language
Prejudice is Primitive

If You List Who You Accept, You Exclude Who You Don’t

A common Pride Parade showing people of all kinds celebrating.
Pride Parade

Hello Pride Month, LGBTQSIAlphabetsoup. We’ve been hurt by society most of our life. We know society doesn’t want us, is even disgusted by us. We’re insecure for a reason, because society does not accept real diversity. Listing helps us feel that we are specifically included—but listing also excludes people not listed.

I should feel included, but I don’t. When I mention “…I’m transsexual,” I get smirks from people who want me to conform to their way of being different. They don’t care why I’m different. They don’t want to hear about it. They just want me to accept what they believe diversity should be.

People who identify differently also need to be included without being forced into a box designed by someone else. Now that Gorsuch and the U.S.S.C. has said it’s all related to sex discrimination, we could just go with “sex,” same as non-Ts, to cover it.

It’s all supposed to be about accepting diversity—isn’t it?—people who are different needing to feel worthy as themselves, valued in the face of social bigotry, included even if they think differently.

Accepting Real Diversity

Far Side cartoon by Gary Larson, with humor at the evolutionary process.

The comic artist, Gary Larson for “Far Side,” once used evolution as the source for a good cartoon. “Lucy,” Australopithecus afarensis, lived about 3.2-ish million years ago in what we now call the Olduvai Gorge, a paleoanthropological site in the eastern Serengeti Plain, Africa…

From day one in the universe to now and into the future, things evolve.

As we evolved as a species, suspiciousness may have served a useful purpose for survival—being wary of that which is different. Greed may have also had its place, acquiring things that aided survival. And fear, avoiding trouble. Insecurity: Am I okay? What is perceived as “good” or “bad” may have influenced where to go, what to eat, what to drink, mate selection, how to raise kids, handle new things, new things encountered, new flora or fauna.

But primitive neural issues that may have helped us in some ways in the past can also cause current trouble that we must struggle to overcome. If we wish to evolve further from here as thinking, caring, more advanced people, we must teach ourselves to grow.

Among the things we need to learn is appreciation for diversity—the fact of diversity, itself, as value—stop thinking that we have to force into our brains acceptance for specific diversities and start thinking that we just value diversity.

Diversity brings solutions, depth, richness to our existence. Who wouldn’t want that? People who just want their own world view to be correct or people who want to force others to conform to it.

Without Diversity Where Would We Be?

  • Hippocrates was Greek, probably a pagan, the father of modern medicine.
  • Jabir ibn Hayyan was a Muslim scientist who taught us to think not in terms of alchemy but actual chemistry, liquefaction, crystallization, distillation, purification, oxidation, evaporation and filtration.
  • Leonardo da Vinci was probably gay, a great Italian designer, thinker, and artist who painted among other things the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.
  • Marie Curie was a woman, gained two Nobel Prizes, in physics and chemistry, for her work in radiation.
  • Albert Einstein was a Jew, Nobel Prize for the photoelectric effect. He changed our view of the universe several times also including the famous E=mc^2, the Theory of Relativity, and 10 years later the General Theory of Relativity.
  • Daniel Hale Williams was a Black man, who performed the 1st successful open heart surgery.
  • Alan Turing was gay, a gifted mathematician who invented a machine that broke the German encryption system, Enigma, in World War-II, saving countless lives.
  • Tu Youyou was Chinese, Nobel Prize for a treatment for Malaria, saving millions of lives world wide.
  • Katherine Johnson was a Black woman, a mathematician, who helped humanity and NASA put men on the moon.

Creativity, new thought, new approaches, better ways of feeding our families, of learning, of living happy lives…all happen because someone thinks of it. If we all thought the same, it couldn’t happen.

Use Neutral Language

What about using neutral language? “Trans people.” “Trans persons.”

There is an old and sometimes heated argument between

people who want a commonality to be the key reference, for “transgender” to include all trans persons. After all, it’s a fact; we did all change gender, and

people who want main issue to be the key reference, who say that making it about gender is suppressing, even erasing people who are primarily and vitally about physical sex and sex response.

It is common for a religion to believe that it’s correct, that other religions are wrong. So what how does society handle that? It uses references that do not take a side. Not “we include you whether you’re Christian or not…” but neutral language such as “freedom of religion” or “religious preference.”

The transgender paradigm is not yet mature enough to accept neutral language for all trans people. It pushes gender as the thing that must be spoken, because it knows society hates sex-and-gender non-binarism, e.g., a woman with a penis, a man without one.

But neutral language must be used. Nothing else will ever include all.

“Trans people.” “Trans person.”

Prejudice is Primitive

Prejudice is in the brain: amygdala, insula, striatum.

Prejudice is in the brain, think amygdala, insula, and wariness of difference may have aided survival in ancient times.

But we no longer need to be so primitive. In fact, we must embrace diversity among us, including people who think in a way that appears to invalidate our own view—provided that all are included.

Yet we still have people who hate others because of difference and the prejudice in our own heart:

Donald Trump was elected President of the United States—a man who has a history of demeaning whole groups of minorities, who has supported white supremacy and dictatorships, who has admitted grabbing women’s crotches against their will.

We have George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Maurice Gordon, Michael Dean…on and on. Black Lives Matter (#blacklivesmatter), but not to people who still tap ancient prejudice.

We had slavery in the United States, and some people clung to it so earnestly they took up arms against the country, 620,000 died in the Civil War. Yes, the Confederacy was to a great extent about slavery and human rights. Notable here is that people, sometimes otherwise good people, were willing to argue, fight and die to keep slavery, and many wish to keep monuments visible in the town square or on a flag to honor that evolving nightmare of racism and cruelty.

“Men” meant all people?  Or white, male land owners. Or “men” later: “When we say ‘men,’ we mean women also, we just don’t want to actually say ‘women.’”  We had to fight for inclusion, and not just for women but other races and economic classes, as well.

Gay people have been killed.

And trans people are killed for our differences, also.

Like Virginia Tech and society at large, there are people who inexplicably fight to suppress others, to maintain a belief that some people are more deserving than others, that some people, phenomena, or ideologies should be suppressed.