In Case You Missed It: Sadie’s Dream for the World
January 24, 2013 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
President Barack Obama's second inaugural address marked a historic moment for the LGBT movement. He thoughtfully and eloquently made the case for why gay and lesbian Americans, including those in committed relationships, should be treated “like anyone else under the law.”
However, the inclusion of transgender Americans was omitted from the address, as noted by one transgender 11-year-old, Sadie, who came out in kindergarten.
Eager to rectify the situation, Sadie penned her own speech, outlining her vision for the world.
"The world would be a better place if everyone had the right to be themselves, including people who have a creative gender identity and expression. Transgender people are not allowed the freedom to do things everyone else does, like go to the doctor, go to school, get a job, and even make friends...
It would be a better world if everyone knew that transgender people have the same hopes and dreams as everyone else. We like to make friends and want to go to school. Transgender people want to get good jobs and go to doctors like they are exactly the same. It really isn't that hard to like transgender people because we are like everyone else."
Read Sadie's speech in its entirety on TransGriot.
July 30, 2014