Recently my daughter told me that her friend from high school, whom I also know and happens to be the daughter of a colleague, had got married and was pregnant. She is in a same-sex marriage. Another colleague of mine, also in a same-sex marriage, just had a baby too. What struck me was how ordinary this news seemed to me. Just a decade ago, same-sex couples getting married and giving birth to children would have been big news. Now I find myself responding pretty much the way I would to news of an opposite-sex marriage and pregnancy of people I know, happy for the couple, wishing them well, and then moving on to other things.
This is the new normal.
I was also struck by the fact that I now personally know, with varying degrees of closeness, five transgender people. This too seems quite ordinary though it would have been inconceivable to me even just a decade ago. The only sign of its novelty is that I occasionally stumble over their pronouns, using the old one that I had become accustomed to for so long and not the one that corresponds to their current gender expression. But that is my problem that I will eventually get over.
But as these once-revolutionary changes quickly slip into becoming mainstream, those who oppose them seem to be getting more hysterical in their attempts to hold back the tide. The Daily Show looks at their last-ditch attempts.
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