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 …
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