Sadie Croft is 11. She socially transitioned to live as a girl in kindergarten. Then she was home schooled until this year. Now in 5th grade, she is finally attending a public school.
Sadie is also a vegan, "loves anything that protects the environment," loves to read, swim, play basketball and text her friends. Her taste in music tends to Lady Gaga, Pink and Justin Bieber. She wants to work for Green Peace when she is old enough. She would also love to be a mother.
Sadie listened to President Obama's speech and was thrilled like most other LGBT people with the mentions of our community, but was disappointed that the president didn't mention transpeople specifically.
Sadie was so proud of President Obama for including the gay community in his inaugural address on Monday; however, she felt like the trans community wasn't included. That inspired her to write her own 'speech.'
Sadie's Dream for the WorldSage says about Sadie:
The world would be a better place if everyone had the right to be themselves, including people who have a creative gender identity and expression. Transgender people are not allowed the freedom to do things everyone else does, like go to the doctor, go to school, get a job, and even make friends.
Transgender kids like me are not allowed to go to most schools because the teachers think we are different from everyone else. The schools get afraid of how they will talk with the other kids' parents, and transgender kids are kept secret or told not to come there anymore. Kids are told not to be friends with transgender kids, which makes us very lonely and sad.
When they grow up, transgender adults have a hard time getting a job because the boss thinks the customers will be scared away. Doctors are afraid of treating transgender patients because they don't know how to take care of them, and some doctors don't really want to help them. Transgender patients like me travel to other states to see a good doctor.
It would be a better world if everyone knew that transgender people have the same hopes and dreams as everyone else. We like to make friends and want to go to school. Transgender people want to get good jobs and go to doctors like they are exactly the same. It really isn't that hard to like transgender people because we are like everyone else.
[Sadie] isn't shy or ashamed of who she is. I'm always 'on' when we go out because I never know when she'll strike up a conversation with the person in front of her in line at Trader Joe's. When she chats with people, she introduces herself as, 'Hi, I'm Sadie, my favorite color is pink, I'm vegan, and I'm transgender. Who are you?Sage encouraged Sadie to write her essay.
[I]t might help empower her and overcome any feelings of oppression. [I want Sadie] to know that she has a voice. My dream for her is that she will be happy. That's all, really. I just want her to be happy.