In this country, the current reactionary rhetoric aimed at transgender people comes from the same playbook used to create fear and suspicion about anyone who presents as "other". The biological truth of the matter is that there are many people out there who are biologically neither male nor female but somewhere inbetween. In a monotheistic patriarchy the concept of "inbetween" is seen as a threat to the order of things. In many cultures arounfd the world, the notion of a "third gender" has always exisited and there are places for that third gender within those societies. But here, of course, we have to go and legislate about it, sometimes to the point of making the person "illegal" in some way.

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Totally agree. I was raised in a military family and I dislike forcing children to take "pledges" they don't understand. And adding that "under God" part forces a child to speak religion. Nope. Totally against forcing children to mouth mindlessly.

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