As the Boy Scouts of America reassesses its ban on gay scouts and leaders, we’re hearing a lot about the organization’s need to remain sensitive to people whose religions condemn homosexual behavior. Their morals must be properly respected, their God aptly revered.
But what about the morals and the God of people whose religions exhort them to be inclusive and to treat gays and lesbians with the same dignity as anyone else? There are many Americans in this camp, and their opposition to the Scouts’ ban is as faith-based as the stance of those who want it maintained.
Last fall I sat down to read my 2003 memoir, She's Not There, in preparation for a new, 10th-anniversary edition. I returned to that book in the same room in which it had first been written: the study of a summer house, in the heart of winter.
I stand 5 feet tall in my stocking feet. I am a Japanese-American mother of a transgender son, and I want the world to be safer and more accepting for my child and all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals.
I had to speak up. During the lengthy debate in the State Assembly last week about New York’s Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), I hadn’t planned to comment and had hoped for a fast, uneventful end to the repetitive discussion.