Thanks Randolph, yet another opportunity for me to learn, grow, and evolve the way I interact with people.
One thing that I would take issue with in a previous comment about it not killing someone if people mis-gender them. Put simply, it can. For people who have been forced, for want of a better term, to live in the shadows, by society in order for them to be open about who they are it can be a big knock when that is not recognised when they become open about who they are with society. Over time this build up and can result in tragedy like suicide.
What seems trivial to those of us who have been privileged enough to be considered ‘normal’ (whatever that is) is a big step for others. It is on every single one of us to adapt and help shape a more open and accepting society. Normal, put simply needs to become recognition that everyone is a fellow human going through their life discovering things about themselves. We all need to support one another on our journey.
Articles like this, and the thought processes they start are vital to helping us achieve the potential of the human race. If we remain bound to what has gone before then we are destined to repeat the mistakes of the past.
We need to recognise this will take time and effort, but it is achievable. I know I have grown and will continue to do so. If I can affect small positive change for those who come after then great. Together we can make a positive difference.