The other side of the YMCA protest | Letter to the editor

Posted 9/3/22

I greatly appreciate the Leader’s fact-based reporting of what’s come down since Port Townsend resident Julie Jaman went ballistic over the presence of a trans employee of the Y in the …

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The other side of the YMCA protest | Letter to the editor

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I greatly appreciate the Leader’s fact-based reporting of what’s come down since Port Townsend resident Julie Jaman went ballistic over the presence of a trans employee of the Y in the women’s changing room at the Mountain View Pool. 

But one essential element is missing from last week’s report: all the love, sincerity, and support that was shared at the city council meeting of Aug. 15 during and after Mayor David Faber’s presentation of the “Transgender Proclamation.”

Those of us who lined up outside City Hall on Monday, hoping to witness the presentation first-hand and perhaps speak, were universally peaceful and respectful. Our time outside included some beautiful pastel chalking on the sidewalk and steps of City Hall and lots of hugs and smiles. Inside, the public testimony was moving to the core. [See tinyurl.com/CityofPT]. 

Transpeople, allies, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, parents of LGBTQ+ children — all gathered together as one to share our experiences and support. 

I’ve been to a fair number of demonstrations and meetings in my life, and this was one of the most heartwarming I have been privileged to participate in.

As the proclamation states, “The city of Port Townsend values our transgender residents and visitors and urges all residents and visitors to be respectful, welcoming, and kind to everyone regardless of gender identity. I [Mayor David Faber] further proclaim that discrimination and prejudice, in any form, particularly against transgender people, are unwelcome and have no place in the city of Port Townsend.” 

My thanks to all who shared from their hearts during the meeting. It is my hope that everyone understands how much affirmation and joy have been shared in the wake of Jaman’s outburst, and how much stronger we are for it. On Monday night, our wonderful rainbow community felt like family.

Jason Victor Serinus
PORT TOWNSEND

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  • Justin Hale

    Guys who say they are girls don't belong in the girl's shower room.

    Saturday, September 3, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    I’ve been around more than long enough (going on 94 years) to attest that life is short, and it’s pretty stupid to waste any of the time trying to dehumanize others. It’s just another sad and feeble attempt at claiming superiority of some sort.

    Saturday, September 3, 2022 Report this

  • CodexSeraphinianus

    Life is short I totally agree. I remember how many vaccinated people (locally as well) would routinely dehumanize those unvaccinated. Do you recall this? I remember so many people who wished death and sickness upon those that didn’t think like them, get vaccinated like them, and were “selfish”. Some news outlets even supported this and let members of our community dehumanize those individuals in their local newspapers! Any guesses which newspaper? Talk about folks feeling superior to others! I totally agree Thomas.

    Sunday, September 4, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    So in Tom's world expecting biological men to stay out of the women's shower room is somehow dehumanizing them? but exposing naked young girls and women to biological males is not dehumanizing to them? I guess wisdom doesn't automatically come with age.

    Sunday, September 4, 2022 Report this