What Mac S. McGregor Thinks

About Brainwashing, Compassion, and Being Shunned in the Gay Community

Comments

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Everyone is walking around trying to figure it out, and it takes some work.

I admire Mac McGregor's big heart and patience with the general public. As a trans man, I'm sure he has been subjected to all sorts of cruelty from cisgendered people, yet he has the magnanimity to refrain from tossing around "cisgendered" like an epithet.

I'm of the opinion that most people want to be good and kind to one another, but sometimes people lack the education to know right from wrong. Kudos to McGregor for maintaining his positive voice and making a good-faith effort to educate others.
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To be more compassionate to the cisgender community, because we've all been brainwashed by churches, schools, society. Everyone is walking around trying to figure it out, and it takes some work. I don't think people are generally trying to offend us—many people are just uneducated. If we're operating on the perception that everyone's out to get us, that's what we're going to find.

I love it. I know it's really frustrating for LGBT folks, racial & ethnic minorities, women, etc. to constantly feel like they have to educate. And I know that yes, some people really are "out to get us." But making sure we don't treat potential allies who just need a little education as just like the people who are "out to get us"... well, to me that seems pretty important to the goal of actually making progress.