By Chris Huqueriza
Barack Obama was the first president to address the struggle of the gay community in his inaugural speech. However, 11-year-old transgender girl Sadie felt left out. So, she wrote an essay in response to the president’s exclusion of transgender people.
“Sadie was so proud of President Obama for including the gay community in his inaugural address on Monday; however, she felt like the trans community wasn’t included,” Sadie’s mother Sage said to The Huffington Post in an interview. “That inspired her to write her own ‘speech.'”
Her mother encouraged her to write the speech in the hopes that it would help her feel empowered, to have a voice. “My dream for her is that she will be happy. That’s all, really. I just want her to be happy,” said Sage.
Sadie is like any other fifth grader. She enjoys reading, swimming, basketball, texting, and listening to her favorite pop music artists like Lady Gaga, Pink, and Justin Bieber. But, at her youthful age, she’s also passionate about animal rights, environmental issues, and would like to work for Green Peace. She also hopes to be a mother when she grows up.
Sadie’s journey began in kindergarten when she socially transitioned from male to female. Then she was home schooled until last year, and now attends public school. Sage says her daughter has been openly discriminated against in the past, but she “isn’t shy or ashamed of who she is.”
Sadie keeps her mother on her toes with her precocious and social personality. “I’m always ‘on’ when we go out because I never know when she’ll strike up a conversation with the person in front of her in line at Trader Joe’s. When she chats with people, she introduces herself as, ‘Hi, I’m Sadie, my favorite color is pink, I’m vegan, and I’m transgender. Who are you?”
Sadie’s speech was originally published on the TransGriot site. Read it in full below.
“The world would be a better place if everyone had the right to be themselves, including people who have a creative gender identity and expression. Transgender people are not allowed the freedom to do things everyone else does, like go to the doctor, go to school, get a job, and even make friends.
Transgender kids like me are not allowed to go to most schools because the teachers think we are different from everyone else. The schools get afraid of how they will talk with the other kids’ parents, and transgender kids are kept secret or told not to come there anymore. Kids are told not to be friends with transgender kids, which makes us very lonely and sad.
When they grow up, transgender adults have a hard time getting a job because the boss thinks the customers will be scared away. Doctors are afraid of treating transgender patients because they don’t know how to take care of them, and some doctors don’t really want to help them. Transgender patients like me travel to other states to see a good doctor.
It would be a better world if everyone knew that transgender people have the same hopes and dreams as everyone else. We like to make friends and want to go to school. Transgender people want to get good jobs and go to doctors like they are exactly the same. It really isn’t that hard to like transgender people because we are like everyone else.”