Since Brothers, I must go… was first posted, I've read and re-read it multiple times. When you're transgender like me, certain parts are a ghastly read (despite the eloquence). The day I first read it, I truly expected it was simply a case of "having a bad day" (days which I absolutely have myself) and I moved on thinking "I'm sure there'll shortly be an apology, and we'll just move on". But the post stayed there; it was modified, but nothing to even cover the awful words towards trans people [they're still there now], and if there was an apology I missed it.
I'm still hopeful this attitude will change. I'm still willing to chalk this up to a "blip". I'd probably shed happy tears to see a follow-up post along the lines Brothers, pronouns are just basic dignity.... But maybe that's still years away.
What particularly stings is that its author is someone I've held in high esteem for years. It's the pioneer of secular religious sites writing
If you are more inclined to resent rather than celebrate the differences between us, then this may not be the site for you
then effectively adding a footnote saying "excluding trans people; we don't celebrate that". It's a role model saying that people like me... our whole existence is fundamentally fraudulent, and now becoming a role model for those who oppose my very existence. Ouch!
Anyway, the reason I'm here is to get a better gauge of how reflective the Brothers, I must go… post is of the community's attitude. Two points:
The enormous score (209 vs. the next highest meta.SE post score of 92) may be majorly affected by indirectly-trans-related reasons, such as Monica's dediamonding. This is illustrated by how the top answer is by Terry Lewis who (despite having a cool avatar) doesn't seem to use Stack Exchange much. At the same time, perhaps it accurately indicates an underlying anti-trans sentiment at Christianity.SE.
I had no real problems asking about a transgender topic here a while back: How do liberal Protestants reconcile support for transgenderism with scripture? In fact, users helped me phrase the question to be on topic. This makes me think Christianity.SE is not that hostile to transgender people, and that the controversy surrounding Brothers, I must go… is not an accurate reflection.
But, it's hard to tell, so...
Question: Does the extraordinary response to the "Brothers, I must go…" post reflect an underlying anti-trans sentiment at Christianity.SE?
What I've seen over and over for the last month: I'm forced to use "preferred" pronouns (or words to this effect). Now that the wisespread outrage has died down significantly, I'm hopeful people can put this in perspective, e.g., perhaps compare it with how we're all similarly forced to use "preferred" non-antisemitic terminology (where we think of it as good manners). Or perhaps reflect on how much the deck is stacked against transgender people (see e.g. Injustice at Every Turn, 2011) and whether or not we want to add to that at Stack Exchange.
Then they came for the transgender people, and I
did not speak outjoined them —
But I am worried this is just underlying anti-trans sentiment, plus a cover story.