More on the Florida victory for a transgender dad
If you hadn't noticed, I'm not exactly the most optimistic person (in my defense, it's pretty difficult with guys like George W. and Mitt running things). My cartoon in the Phoenix is called the Boiling Point because that's generally how I decide to do a cartoon--something makes me so so so so so mad that I just can't bear it and have to say/draw something. So when I tried to do a cartoon about the court victory giving transgender dad Michael Kantaras custody of his children, I was at a total loss: what the hell to say about something, well, good?
Anyway, this is my long-winded way of suggesting you read Deb Price's very optimistic column about the Kantaras case. Someone's got to look on the bright side, and she does, ending her piece by saying: "Fortunately, as society's understanding grows, we can expect to see many more rulings that respect the legal rights of transgendered men and women." Which is certainly true to an extent--in the past few years, dozens and dozens of cities (and some states) have extended anti-discrimination laws to cover gender identity. But I'm not going to get complacent yet, and I'm not sure how much I trust courts (especially not the Supreme Court) to make everything OK. Problem is, even with laws in place, on a practical everyday level, they often don't change much.
Well, have a great day, everyone. I'm off to my first day at work, so wish me luck.