LOS ANGELES (Accredited Times) – What does it mean to act courageously? As progressives, we act through speaking. We protest. We debate. We criticize. We rebuke. Engaging in physical labor, like lifting heavy objects or working on a farm, is simply not what we do. So, for us, acting with courage must take the form of some kind of speech. But what words?
Some might say the most courageous words are “I do”, as in the words used when two womyn or two non-womyn exchange vows in holy matrimony. Others might say that the most courageous words are “لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ ٱلله”, meaning, in Arabic, “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger”. But, to me and many other progressives, the most courageous words are, “My preferred pronouns are . . . ”
Because of Trump, we still live in a bigoted society. Transphobia is the norm. Homophobia is the norm. Furryphobia is the norm. In recent years, however, so many courageous transpeople and non-binaries have refused to back down.
“I think we’re starting to understand that gender identity is not directly attached to genitals”, Kori Doty, a non-binary who does not identify as female or male, told the Accredited Times. Doty made news recently when xe refused to let xer hospital gender-label xer new baby (“xe” and “xer” are xer preferred pronouns). Canadian authorities issued the baby a health card that does not specify male or female and instead simply states “U” for “undetermined” or “unassigned”. Doty continues to fight against labeling baby’s gender on xer birth certificate. At the same time, Doty decided to name-label the baby with the name Searyl Atli Doty on xer birth certificate; but there is no doubt that that labeling will be immensely popular when young Searyl Atli becomes a teenager.
The controversy hearkens back to the recent controversy over Barack Hussein Obama’s own birth certificate.
“Obama and his parent, Stanley Anne Dunham, were really at the forefront of trans rights”, one anonymous expert noted. “After all, ‘Stanley’ is a man’s name. Who was the real father? Was it Barack Obama Sr.? Was it Frank Marshall Davis? Or was it Stanley Dunham?”
“I think the reason Obama was hesitant to release his birth certificate was probably transphobia — not the fact that he was born in Kenya, as he and his family told everyone before they realized that would have disqualified him from running for President”, the expert continued.
Aside from Obama and Doty, Hollywood star Asia Kate Dillon has also led the way for non-binary rights. Dillon, who themself identifies as non-binary, plays Taylor Mason, a sassy non-binary intern on Showtime’s hit show Billions; Dillon introduced the character by saying: “Hello, I’m Taylor; my pronouns are they, theirs, and them.” Dillon’s preferred pronouns are also “they, theirs, and them”.
Dillon recently made waves when they presented the world’s first gender-neutral acting award to Emma Watson at the MTV Movie & TV Awards. Importantly, the award was more about Dillon instead of Watson, which thrilled progressives everywhere. Dillon’s speech brought down the house:
“I am Asia Kate Dillon. I am the first openly non-binary actor to play a non-binary character on a major television show. And now it is so cool to be here presenting the first acting award ever that celebrates performance free of any gender distinctions. Tonight we celebrate portrayals of the human existence, because the only distinction we should be making when it comes to awards should be between each outstanding performance. I am honored to give this golden popcorn trophy to one of these talented nominees.”
Dillon’s courage has also inspired other progressives to be true to themselves. On June 16, 2017, MillionDollarBonus, the Editor-in-Chief of the world-renowned Accredited Times, likewise came out as non-binary. In the article, “Why Young Women Should Focus On Their Careers Rather Than Attracting Men“, MillionDollarBonus posted a comment asking the world to address the progressive superstar “by my proper pronoun from now on – xe”. Yes, xe will.
So what does it mean to act courageously? It doesn’t mean action in the absence of fear. It means not letting fear stopping xe from being true to xerself.