Maybe When You’re Older…

by Joel Pett

by Joel Pett

When I was younger, I wasn’t well-informed on anything except for which of my friends had the best swimming pool.  Things have changed a lot since then.  There are young people everywhere literally changing the world.  Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Prize at just 17 for her work in women’s education and basic rights movements.  Now, here’s a young woman at the forefront of the transgender rights and education movement, at only 14 years old.  Jazz Jennings knew before she could understand the complex roles gender identity played in societal and social mores, that she wasn’t the gender she was assigned.  From the looks of it, she hasn’t doubted it for a second since then.  That makes her willingness to speak out, help adults and children alike, and represent a rapidly changing perception of gender dysphoria and transgender individuals that much more remarkable.  Young people like Malala and Jazz are showing the world that these issues are so important that people 20, 30, 40, even 50 years younger than the politicians representing them are willing to get out into the real world and fight for them.  If that doesn’t send a message, I don’t know what does.


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