As anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock the last year knows, we’re in the middle of a presidential election here in the United States, and of course, national security figures prominently as a topic of concern for the candidates. Fortunately this year Americans overwhelmingly feel safer than in past years, thanks to certain state legislators who have devised new “loo laws,” as a means of coming to terms with (arguably) the most pressing national security issue currently confronting the American people.
I can’t tell you how reassuring it is to know our public powder rooms are being protected from sexual predators in these southern states! Now all the (non-transsexual) citizens of these regions will surely sleep better, safer, and sounder. Besides, everyone knows bathroom security overshadows other, less serious threats to our citizenry—like, for instance, mass murder and terrorism. The candidates must be extremely grateful to these dedicated state politicians for lightening their load and for once again instilling trust and a sense of safety for those (non-transgendered) citizens feeling a need to relieve themselves.
It’s profoundly sad to see these poor, tortured (homo/trans-phobic) souls, bent on torturing other poor, tortured souls, who more often than not are not just common, ordinary tortured souls (like their oppressors), but persons whose gender identity is at odds with their own body. And let’s not forget, in addition to being tortured by their body, they are one of societies most reviled collections of people). These are individuals who may be hated more than gays, Jews, gypsies, and people of color all put together!
And please note the designation of “soul-hood” I attribute to these beings, who some in society would cast off as less than human and not deserving of any dignity whatsoever—not even the opportunity to be comfortable going to the bathroom.
But there has been some progress with regard to this issue. Acceptance of LGBTs by a major Protestant denomination was unthinkable when I came out in the 60s, but it is slowly evolving. So lets hear it for the Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Disciples of Christ, United Church of Christ, Evangelical Lutherans (and possibly others I’m not aware of), who have, much like the business world, compassionately embraced the LBGT community. These Christians have taken their Christian teachings to heart and opened their hearts.
With yoga and meditation becoming more mainstream, there is continued hope for those who are “different.” As people begin to grow spiritually with yoga and meditation, practitioners become more altruistic and democratic, realizing (in the process of growing spiritually) that we are all one in the same; that there is no difference or distinction between us and everyone else on the planet, not to mention between us and god.
This is when labels and differences begin to drop away and what is left is simply pure consciousness. Man, woman, gay, straight, transsexual, it’s all the same. How can we discriminate against ourselves? If we do discriminate, then that’s exactly what we’re doing—discriminating against ourselves—and burdening ourselves with future karma that we’re probably not going to be fond of.
In the meantime though, the best way for transsexual persons to deal with discrimination and rejection is to have a mindfulness practice. This will enable them to detach somewhat from their emotions at such times. Then, when they can become centered enough inside to distance themselves from the drama, that is the point at which they can go about affecting change on the material plane, should they feel the need. Furthermore, the change they affect will be much more effective than it would be if they weren’t centered inside.
With yoga and meditation, transsexual, gay, lesbian and bi-sexual yogis (as well as any other oppressed minority) can begin to come to terms with their situation from a place of clarity, not from an unbalanced emotional state. The rewards will be much greater, both inwardly and outwardly. By changing ones self inwardly one can change the world deeply and profoundly. And then maybe, just maybe, everyone will be able to go to the bathroom in peace.