Everyday People

Hi everyone!   I am glad to be back after a good sized break.  TCNE is still going strong, and we are preparing to get ready for First Event 2011.   This year, the theme of First Event will be One Community.   Sometimes, when I ponder the diversity, the different feelings and desires that are expressed within the transgender community this old song comes to mind (a big thanks to Sly Stone)

Sometimes I’m right and I can be wrong
My own beliefs are in my song
The butcher, the banker, the drummer and then
Makes no difference what group I’m in
I am everyday people, yeah yeah


There is a blue one who can’t accept the green one
For living with a fat one trying to be a skinny one
And different strokes for different folks
And so on and so on and scooby dooby doo-bee
Oh sha sha – we got to live together
I am no better and neither are you
We are the same whatever we do
You love me you hate me you know me and then
You can’t figure out the bag l’m in
I am everyday people, yeah yeah
There is a long hair that doesn’t like the short hair
For bein’ such a rich one that will not help the poor one
And different strokes for different folks
And so on and so on and scooby dooby doo-bee
Oh sha sha-we got to live together
There is a yellow one that won’t accept the black one
That won’t accept the red one that won’t accept the white one
And different strokes for different folks

And so on and so on and

Scooby dooby dooby

Ooh sha sha

I am everyday people……

http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/s/sly_and_the_family_stone/everyday_people.html

I think it is fair to say that being transgender is not an easy journey.  I always like to say that we are all the same—each of us is unique!  Yet, we all have a great deal in common.  We want to be accepted; we want to be validated that it is OK being who we truly are; we want to live our lives without having to defend or define ourselves.  I believe we just want to be everyday people, because after all, that is exactly who we are!

Sometimes we get so caught up in our differences we tend to forget our commonality.  Yet no matter how much commonality we have, there will always be uniqueness – and “different strokes for different folks.”    We as a community are a small minority within the larger population, so my hope is that the theme of One Community can make us all stronger as we embrace and celebrate both our commonalities and our differences.   I hope to see all of you everyday people at First Event 2011.

Grace Stevens,  Vice Chair, TCNE  (October 2010)

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