I just spent the past couple hours reading about Brandon Teena and the movie that was based on his life and death. That was stunted by the article jeff posted in the forums about another teen that was murdered because she was transgendered.
I loved and I mean LOVED Boys Don't Cry, the movie about Brandon Teena. The first time I watched it was about 2 years ago. And wow that movie blew me away. I think I was close to crying at the end of that movie and there's only two movies (I believe) that have ever made me cry, Titanic (It's just sad, gimme a break! :P) and Mighty Joe Young. But Boys Don't Cry is sad because, he was so full of life and then you've got these small-minded a-holes that decide he doesn't deserve to live. Then add on the fact that it was a true story and it's just heartbreaking.
It's sad to think that this stuff still goes on even 15 years later with all the publicity about his murder and then you've got Matthew Shepard's murder a few years later. It's like people are still so much the same. Even with all the change and awareness, there's still the bigots and homophobes, and a--holes out there. But at the same time their numbers are dwindling I suppose. And honestly I think about how hard life was years ago and about how lucky we are to live in the times we are living in now. Things have changed a lot and a lot more people are open minded and don't care so much about what we do.
Now Gay marriage is legal in 7 countries. Plus the ball is starting to roll in the US with 4 states legal and other states debating and bringing up the issue. We've got rights!!! We've got gay pride parades and we've got movies that feature people like us, even love stories.
It's still hard, we still face some homophobia, transphobia, and hate but things have gotten better and things are still changing and getting better. I think it's just good to sometimes look back and see that we are in fact pretty lucky to be growing up in a time like this.