USA Today announced that a Transsexual was awarded $500,000 in back pay and damages for having job offer rescinded after announcing her transition from a man to a woman. Diane Schroer applied for and offered a position as a terrorism analyst at the Library of Congress while she was still David Schroer. When she announced to a Library official that she was undergoing gender reassignment surgery the offer of the position was pulled.
The Library of Congress and the Justice Department attempted to argue that discrimination of transsexuality was not illegal sex discrimination under the civil rights act. They lost their argument.
Discrimination in any form is wrong. One’s ability to perform a job does not change because one’s sex is re-assigned or one comes out of the closet as gay or lesbian or intersexed.
My grandmother taught me about diversity when I was a child. She was a botanist by training and would take me out on walks into the woods on her land. SHe would name for me all the different ferns and flowers that grew on the property. I remember her saying to me that even though I knew what a New York Fern looked like it didn’t mean I knew all there was to know about New York Ferns. There are natural variations that occur in the ferns fronds and to look and admire these differences. She would point out the frond that ended in two or three points instead of just one. Or she would point out how some of the fronds leaves going up to the point would also have two or more points on them. Each fern had this diversity in them and diversity was part of the natural order of things.
We see it in the human species as well… this child born with undistinguished genitalia, this other child born with webbed feet. This child born gay, this one bi-sexual, and this other child a chimera; born with two different DNA patterns in her body. Transgender is just another aspect of the diversity in the human species. All of it is to be celebrated. All of it shows something of the magnificance of creation.
Discrimination against our diversity as a human species is at some level giving god the proverbial finger; by creating diversity god messed up big time. Who are we to question creation? Each creation is a gift to all of us, no matter how long that creation is here among us. Let’s celebrate the differences and honor each other’s worth and dignity. Blessings,