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  •  I've been stereotyped most of my life (24+ / 0-)

    Not for race but for gender identity. When I returned to the neighborhood I grew up in after I left the service and it became known that I was going to transition from male to female, most of the people who knew me from my childhood were perfectly okay with it. They KNEW me. It was the newcomers who had trickled in while I had been gone who had a problem with it. So much so that the President of a local HOA, (which didn't exist when I grew up), put my name on a list of "possible" sexual predators that was distributed to the parents of local elementary school. People went from friendly and courteous to refusing to talk with me, putting graffiti on my house, even a physical attack. Again, mostly from people who didn't KNOW me. Though that particular HOA no longer exists and the woman who ran it has been sued to Perdition and back for other transgressions, I found that moving was easier than living with the judgment. All of the people who judged me harshly were working class white, (like I was), or working class Hispanic. Race and economic class aren't the only things that will get you judged by stereotype but there is a common them: ignorance.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 08:37:14 AM PDT

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