Trans girl, 11, writes inspiring essay on Obama’s inaugural speech

Sadie said she wanted to write her essay to show how transgender people were just like everyone else

Trans girl, 11, writes inspiring essay on Obama’s inaugural speech
24 January 2013

When President Barack Obama became the first sitting president in US history to mention gay people in his inaugural speech, some people still felt left out.

For example Sadie, an 11-year-old vegan girl who transitioned in kindergarten, felt the president did not include her community.

Originally published by TransGriot, the full letter reads:

‘The world would be a better place if everyone had the right to be themselves, including people who have a creative gender identity and expression.

‘Transgender people are not allowed the freedom to do things everyone else does, like go to the doctor, go to school, get a job, and even make friends.

‘Transgender kids like me are not allowed to go to most schools because the teachers think we are different from everyone else. The schools get afraid of how they will talk with the other kids’ parents, and transgender kids are kept secret or told not to come there anymore. Kids are told not to be friends with transgender kids, which makes us very lonely and sad.

‘When they grow up, transgender adults have a hard time getting a job because the boss thinks the customers will be scared away. Doctors are afraid of treating transgender patients because they don’t know how to take care of them, and some doctors don’t really want to help them. Transgender patients like me travel to other states to see a good doctor.

‘It would be a better world if everyone knew that transgender people have the same hopes and dreams as everyone else. We like to make friends and want to go to school. Transgender people want to get good jobs and go to doctors like they are exactly the same. It really isn’t that hard to like transgender people because we are like everyone else.’

Speaking to the Huffington Post, her mother Sage said she encouraged her daughter to write the essay ‘to know she has a voice’.

‘My dream for her is that she will be happy,’ she said. ‘That’s all, really. I just want her to be happy.’

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