No Degrees of Discrimiantion
Preconceived notions often does lead to misunderstanding and confusion. I remember that if you wore pink or purple you were considered gay, even if you were not. I wear both colors because I like them.
I didn't have a choice of being born transgender. However, I did have a choice as to whether to accept or deny that I was transgender. Choice also involves risk and consequences. I may lose friends, opportunities, suffer ridicule, and be vilified-all things I have no control over. I do have a choice as whether or not I want to be a victim (which I'm not) or brow beaten into submission (which I refuse). Thirty seven years ago I had the choice as to whether or not to let Jesus come into my life (I choose to let him). Whatever choice I made there would have been consequences.
In my mind, no one has the right to determine how someone else should live. I have spent the past year or two encouraging folks who feel defeated or beaten down or confused or whatever. I have experienced discrimination and seen other be discriminated against. This is something I do not tolerate.