I really did not know what to expect from today's radio show on WAIF in Cincinnati. I come away from it still not knowing. I want to thank Connie and others for your support. The show was moderated by a teen therapist with a lesbian and I called in for the first half hour and then for approximately ten minutes later.The therapist actually knew Leelah but only as Josh and was definitely trying to walk a type rope over a canyon he knew nothing about. Then again I question if he wanted to understand at all.
Bowing to forces he would not identify, he refused to use Leelah's first name, referring to her only as "Alcorn." I pretty much stuck by my guns and went in for the understanding of transgender youth everywhere. I have to say, he was pretty slick. He would say if one of his three teen children was transgender, he would support them and he wasn't a Christian therapist -he was a therapist who was Christian. Then, later on he said "Alcorn's parents didn't know the extent of his concerns." I just said aren't they the parents and shouldn't they?
About this time another transgender woman called and waded in, with more force than I and with the same results-none. I was remembering about what Racquel told me about fundamental conservative Christians at this point, "They would simply circle their wagons, find others to blame and move on." Racquel was right and I'm not so sure I wasn't wasting an hour or so out of my life today.
As far as the lesbian co-host went, she was typical too. I wouldn't expect her to spend her life worrying much about the differences in sexuality and gender anyhow. She had her own "cross to bear" coming out to a Pentecostal/ Baptist family. No fun doing that.
So my expectations were exceeded - zero plus zero equals zero. The therapy peep will to go back to his peeps with no perceived real knowledge or sympathy. After all, "don't all 17 year old's rebel against their parents like this?" And, by the way, how does Cyrsti get through life if his er her voice sounds like a man on the phone?
The world goes on, I just wish I could have slowed it down a bit more.
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