That time I debated trans-rights with some guy in the 9GAG comments
So, I've been frequenting 9GAG a lot lately... I like me some funny memes sometimes and Facebook has been getting boring lately. Since I last frequented 9GAG, the comments have gotten pretty rough (at least I don't remember it being like that). The anti-LGBTQ contingent are in FULL FORCE, which makes me sad for society. The Eastern Europeans are particular caustic when it comes to trans people. I saw one comment from a Turkish commenter that condemned all of Western culture for accepting trans people. The whole thing is exacerbated by this month being LGBTQ month...
In any case... It got me to thinking about the nature of LGBTQ rights, and how the same people who were all about, "my freedom" and "my rights over my body", when it came to the COVID vaccine, are the same people who then condemn people for wanting to transition to another gender. Having been triggered into thinking about this, I really settled into the realization that these freedom warriors, during the COVID pandemic are not really that into true freedom. They want their freedom to do/be/say whatever they want, but they do not extend that same freedom to anyone they do not like.
LGBTQ has made a lot of strides in American society, towards acceptance, in the last couple years. It's really pushing the anti-LGBTQ sentiment to the surface... The pronouns... oh god, don't get them started on the pronouns.
I know I had the trans debate with Bill some years ago, here. I don't know that I really changed Bill's mind off of "they are mentally ill and need treatment", but it the prevailing opinion amongst the 9GAG commenters, only more rabid. Bill argued his position with some sense of decorum and logic... I credit him for that. Not so much, the 9GAG commenters. None the less, I decided that I wanted to try to lure one or more of them into debating the topic, to see if I could find someone willing to follow the logic and understand the situation from the eyes of a trans person. It went about as well as could be expected.