Stephanie Mott: They Are Not Transgender Rights

Stephanie Mott

By Stephanie Mott

They are not transgender rights. They are human rights for people who happen to be transgender or gender non-conforming (TGNC).

Human rights. Civil rights. American rights. Rights that belong to every person on the planet by virtue of the fact that we exist. No person, no city, no state, and no country can give us our rights. They can either recognize our rights or not. And they do deny our rights.

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Stephanie Mott: Women Wash Their Hands

Stephanie Mott

By Stephanie Mott

Maybe this is one of those things that we are not supposed to talk about. Of course, most of the things we need to talk about are perceived as things we are not supposed to talk about. A lot of talk happens around transgender people in bathrooms. It might be time for some transgender talk about cisgender people in bathrooms. (cisgender = not transgender)

Speaking as someone who has used the men’s room as well as the ladies’ room, I can tell you that there are a lot of things never spoken in the words used to relegate transgender people to a restroom identified by their birth certificate; words that are focused on people’s fears.

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Stephanie Mott: Moms of Trans Youth are Changing the World

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Stephanie Mott

By Stephanie Mott

I live in Kansas, so much of what I am about to share is about Kansas, but I can tell you that everything I am about to share is true in every state in America. Moms to trans youth are changing the world.

On July 12, 2010, I did a presentation for the City of Topeka Human Relations Commission for the purpose of getting them to do a town hall meeting on what it means to be transgender. On August 2nd, I did that town hall meeting with an amazing man named Matthew Blankers and Matthew’s mom.

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Stephanie Mott: Transgender, 1967, and Paul McHugh

StephanieMottBy Stephanie Mott

Paul McHugh and a number of other people recently released a ‘study’ that is designed to support their misguided beliefs about what is right and what is wrong in the world of sex and gender. In the report, McHugh says transgender identity “is not supported by scientific evidence.”

I have a little story to tell about scientific evidence and transgender identity. Here it is.

In January 1967, I got in a little bit of trouble in my rural Kansas home for describing a guy named Bart Starr with a four-letter word. Five days after my 9th birthday, the future Hall of Fame quarterback pretty much had his way with my beloved Kansas City Chiefs. My nine-year-old heart was crushed.

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Stephanie Mott: Empowering Transgender Lights to Shine

StephanieMottBy Stephanie Mott

I have longed, for a very long time, for a space on the planet where my identity – my one-and-only, true-to-my-heart, exactly-who-I-am identity – is free to exist authentically. The history of America and the political disaster known as Kansas tell me the day is coming, but the wait is still substantial. Changes are many. At least as obvious as the positive changes, are the countless examples of spineless monsters who conjure up fears and destroy the lives of people who happen to be transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC).

That said, there is a growing and undeniable force across America that is coming to an ever-greater understanding that this is not a discussion about transgender rights. This is a discussion about human rights for TGNC human beings.

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Dangerous Trans: All the Sudden Interest in Rape Culture

StephanieMottThis week we saw a man get six months in a county jail for raping an unconscious woman. This week we saw the Pope find it necessary to clarify that Bishops can be fired for, “negligence of bishops in the exercise of their functions, especially in cases of sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable adults.”

In 2015, the Department of Defense reports there were more than 6,000 reports of sexual assault in the military. RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) says, “Every 107 seconds another American is sexually
assaulted.”

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Not Bathroom Bills – Crimes Against Humanity

StephanieMottBy Stephanie Mott

It is not surprising, in a nation undeniably known for its proliferation in setting up systems to dehumanize and disadvantage sectors of its own population, some of the people charged with protecting all of our citizens have escalated the attack on transgender Americans. It is, however, extraordinarily sad.

There are many worrisome words being thrown out to the winds of wickedness, but they are not the words of transgender and gender non-conforming Americans. They are the words of people who have elevated themselves into positions of jurisdiction and judgement about love and life. It seems these people believe people who are TGNC don’t have the right to exist.

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What it Means to be TGNC

StephanieMottBy Stephanie Mott

In many of my more than 400 public presentations about being transgender, I have borrowed an old, but relevant, statement – If you ask 100 transgender people what it means to be transgender, you will get 103 different answers. This is because by the time you get 100 transgender people to answer the question, three of us have changed our minds.

Not to say transgender people are any more unable to make up our minds than anyone else. It speaks to the elusive nature of the question. What does it mean to be TGNC (Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming)?

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