Like many of you in the Sauk Valley area, I spent years thinking I didn’t know any transgender people, and the term intersex (not interchangeable with trans) wasn’t even part of my vocabulary.
I held preconceived notions of what a transgender person looked and acted like based on stereotypes portrayed in movies. Generally, those caricatures were designed to elicit comic relief, so like many Americans, I learned to laugh at them rather than take them seriously.
As a member of PFLAG Sauk Valley, I have had the privilege to meet a few transgender individuals in our area who, through the sharing of their personal journeys, have enlightened me about their plight.
The longing for acceptance runs deep in all of us, and those who are transgender and/or intersex are no exception. In February, when National Geographic broadcast “Gender Revolution,” hosted by Katie Couric, I found myself empathizing with specific individuals and fascinated by the science.
Whether you are an LGBTQ ally, a person with anti-LGBTQ sentiments, or someone who is generally apathetic about LGBTQ issues, Katie Couric’s one-on-one interviews will enlighten you to the struggles faced by fellow members of the human race.
PFLAG Sauk Valley donated copies of the DVD to the Dixon, Sterling and Morrison public libraries. Rock Falls residents’ library cards are valid at both the Sterling and Dixon libraries.
As a family member, friend, co-worker, church member, teacher, medical professional or community member, make a batch of popcorn, gather your loved ones around the screen, and watch.
A special shout-out to the school principal who told me the term that stuck with him after viewing “Gender Revolution” was “extreme patience.” Thanks for making time in your busy schedule to watch.