Gender sensitive
VERBAL VARIETY - Annie Fe Perez (The Freeman) - August 17, 2019 - 12:00am

I was shocked when a transgender was dragged outside of a female comfort in a mall in Manila. It seemed like she was at fault for entering the comfort room which she felt was right for her. She was flabbergasted at how the events took place. At the end of the day was a statement for all to know, that some other humans need to be respected for their choice of gender.

It’s sad that there are only a few people who are knowledgeable about the vastness of gender. They are still stuck with the traditional notion that there is only male and female. Although this is what biology tells us, society has evolved into something more diverse. We now welcome the LGBTQ, or the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. Each of these term have a specific meaning but it all boils down to the choice that one takes as to his or her preference. So if a man dresses, acts, and feels like a woman, as a human this person has to use whatever comfort room he feels "comfortable" in. This should not be malicious to others who are in it - the key is respect.

I have a low regard for people who look down on the LGBTQ community. They may be different and oftentimes loud at times, but let’s leave them at that. The world isn't ours to use forever, we must share it with our fellow humans. I love the LGBTQ community. Although I may not understand their plight altogether, or even the kind of language they use, I am at awe at their creativity. It is amazing how they can turn many things into gold despite little resources and opportunities. My respect for them goes beyond as they are trying to uplift themselves.

In my experience being with members of the LGBTQ, I have never felt little or of no value. They have been respecting me and treating me in a nice manner. In fact, I even enjoy their company because they crack the funniest jokes in the middle of a very tiring day. Why would I ostracize them in a society that needs positivity more than ever? It is time we rethink how we relate with humans. What's the use of going to church when we can't even practice what we preach?

So when a person becomes gender sensitive, I guess there is a problem there. Society should stop dictating what they should think about and feel towards these people. Most of them are still subject to bullying and discrimination when they should not be. They should be treated equally like all of us.

The fight of the LGBTQ community still has a long way to go in this very close-minded society. They say every goal takes one step at a time. Acknowledging the fact that they exist is already a leap. I hope we can open our eyes more to the reality of gender.

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