On the Beat: 5/31/16

The transgender foot in the proverbial mouth disease

By Jim Bucher

I, like many of my friends, are very sensitive to others. Hope you are too. But I have had a few faux pas in my life.

For instance, a few years ago when I was brought home from the nursery at Grandview Hospital the world was a different place. (That should tell you how long ago it was because the hospital hasn’t had a maternity department in years.)

And please don’t call or send me emails, but groups of minorities, which of course wasn’t politically correct at all, were labeled with derogatory stereotypes like colored, oriental, queer and … well you get the idea.

Boy, have things changed—and for the better.

It is amazing the vicissitudes though, in what I’d like to think, in my young lifetime.

Let’s make this perfectly clear for those who know me—I respect all people no matter race, color or creed. My motto is “whatever floats your boat.” Except for racists … can’t stand them—but I digress.

I’d like to apologize to my transgender friends out there. Like many, I’m learning, and just give me a bit of time, ok?

Heck, even some gay pals are having a tough time. Who-da thunk it?

Case in point from personal experiences, my daughter has a transgender friend and to protect this person’s identity let’s just say Mike is now Mary.

I’ve known Mike … oops, I mean Mary … for a little while now. He is … ugh, she is a good kid and love her as I love all my second born’s buddies.

See what I mean? Not trying to be funny, it’s a learning curve. Nothing mean about it. No harm, no foul.

Many were introduced to “transgenderism” from Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner’s journey, but for my generation it was Dr. Renée Richards.

She was born Richard Raskind in 1934 in New York City and raised like any “normal” red-blooded American boy.

Excelled in football, tennis, swimming and baseball and in college was captain of the men’s tennis team earning distinction as one of the best players in the country.

It was during college “Richard” began dressing as a woman—remember, this was the mid 1950s and considered to be a perversion, some would say insanity.

Holy cow, is that unbelievable?

Upon graduation with a medical degree in ophthalmology, according to an online biography, Richard struggled with sexual identity creating sexual confusion, depression and suicidal tendencies.

By this time Richard had named his female alter ego Renée, which is French for reborn, and began receiving hormone injections with the long-term hope of a life change.

Renée traveled the world in search of doctors who could help with ‘transitioning,’ successfully doing so in 1975. Yep, 1975!

40 years before Caitlyn.

The true pioneer.

So, you would think in that time frame we as a nation would be more accepting right?

You are wrong because some folks just can’t deal with it.

The current debate now is which flippin’ bathroom to use. We have the world hunger issue, climate change, terrorism, genocide, but we are worried about the damn toilet.

Target is catching heat for basically saying, “Use the bathroom you’re most comfortable with.” And people are boycotting. Tell ya what, if you plan on shopping for a few hours, cut back on the coffee drinking and go before you leave home for crying out loud.

And, and, AND … this one may make you wet your pants so no need to fret about the correct potty, but in response to Target, the Oxford, Alabama, City Council passed an ordinance, and I quote, “that residents must use public restrooms corresponding with their biological sex.”

Yep, you guessed it, there lies a Target in the city boundaries.

Also, the ordinance states, “People do not reasonably expect to be exposed to individuals of the opposite sex while utilizing those facilities.”

Pardon my bathroom reference here, but are you s–tting me?

If you violate this s–tty ordinance expect a $500 fine.

My people, my people.

By the way, it doesn’t explicitly mention the term “transgender” and the city says it’s not trying to discriminate, but trying to prevent people from abusing policies such as Target’s and using them to prey on others.

Think you can pretty well read between the lines.

To all the “transgender” folks out there, “Forgive them as they know not what they do” as a great man once said.

And finally, I couldn’t give a flip what bathroom you use, just please flush!

Cheers,

Buch

For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com

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For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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