Corey Maison’s Facebook page has a simple intro: “I’m Corey, just an ordinary girl.” And yet, Corey is not exactly average, having already starred in a mini-documentary about herself, and being strikingly beautiful as well as brave, strong and determined.
From Corey’s Facebook page:
Corey’s photo was posted on Meg Bitton Photography‘s Facebook page with a question for the people of North Carolina which can’t be ignored. That post has been shared over 19,000 times, and it is generating a lot of mixed comments.
Original post question:
If this was YOUR daughter, would you be comfortable sending her into a men’s bathroom? Neither would I. Be fair. Be kind. Be empathetic. Treat others how you would like to be treated.
These comments inspired by this post, over 8,000 of them, pushed the photographer through a series of edits to the original post:
Original Post: If this was YOUR daughter, would you be comfortable sending her into a men’s bathroom? Neither would I. Be fair. Be kind. Be empathetic. Treat others how you would like to be treated.
Second Post: I guess I need to edit this post. Corey IS TRANSGENDER.
Third Post for those STILL not able to understand: If this was YOUR daughter, would you be comfortable sending her into a men’s bathroom? Neither would I. Corey Maison is transgender. She was born with male anatomy but identifies as a female. Under the new laws, SHE would be forced to use the men’s room. Therefore, I would not be comfortable sending HER into the men’s room if she was my daughter. Be fair. Be kind. Be empathetic. Treat others how you would like to be treated.
Fourth Post: Corey helped with her make up AND I edited the image FOR her, the way SHE would like it. Not for me and certainly not for any of you.
Fifth Post: It is impossible to moderate this post, try as we may. I want to delete it as badly as I don’t want to delete it. I decided to let Corey’s mother make that call and she asked for it to stay to raise awareness so it will. PLEASE BE ASSURED that I do not in anyway support the trolling insanity I am seeing here and I VERY MUCH appreciate all the positivity around Corey as does she AND her family.
The more vomitous comments runs the gamut from “you are objectifying that girl,” to “if this was my SON they wouldn’t be dressed like a girl.”
Then there are these morons:
And this religiot again:
This guy apparently doesn’t realize that gender isn’t sexuality:
This complete imbecile who thinks this child will somehow cause human extinction:
And this honorary Sarah Palin “Word Salad” award winner (reading this may give you a headache, fair warning):
Then there are the assholes who belong in jail, talking about harming this teenage girl for using a bathroom:
Even with the jerks, the responses were overwhelmingly positive. Many people just don’t seem to be capable of using social media without making fools of themselves and embarrassing everyone that has the misfortune of running across them.
As an aside, a LOT of these comments are very glowing, because Corey really is beautiful. But, we need to remember that not all transgender people have the ability to begin transition as a child, and many can’t “pass” as a cisgendered person.
Those people deserve a safe place to use the bathroom as well. While brave people like Casey Maison are helping to bring awareness, we can’t allow this conversation to rest on how well people “pass” — all people deserve protection, and transgender people are more in need of it than most.
Corey’s response to all of this?
I will be myself no matter how many people try and hold me back. I am strong, determined, and BRAVE. Try walking a day in my shoes then you can tell me you understand.
Standing up for yourself takes guts, standing up for others takes determination, and standing against overwhelming amounts of ignorance takes strength. Corey certainly seems to have all three, and some awesome parents.
Feature image via Facebook