Accepting Diversity: The Struggle to Gain Knowledge When Transgender

Today’s post will be a little different. I want to talk about diversity, a integral part of druidry in my opinion. College in the United States is a financial burden to so many. As with other minority groups, transgender folx face challenges when paying for college.

In 2017 New America wrote an article about systematic barriers transgender folx face while applying for FAFSA. The form uses sex and gender as one in the same, excluding those whos gender isn’t uniform.

Asking one’s assigned sex at birth and not their current gender has the potential to out them as transgender. Loans have the potential to be held up if the lender is confused about the applicants gender.

A seemingly simple task as filling out paperwork can be confusing for transgender folx, leaving them to not do it at all. This means they miss out on aid.

Transitioning medically can cost a lot of money. In my opinion, this is a massive barrier. Some transgender students may have to choose between transitioning or getting an education.

I personally feel there are a lot of social barriers for transgender people in approaching college. Deep research must be done that they are going to a school that is LGBTQ+ positive or they could risk their safety. Understanding how to change your name in use, get everyone to use your pronouns and respect who you are is daunting. The fact that you may need to come out every single term to professors and students is exhausting. Many universities lack pride clubs, health access specifically for transgender people and housing accommodations that match the person’s gender.

As with other minority communities, transgender people may be scared to approach college thinking there will be no one else transgender there. Gendered bathrooms on campus are a huge hurdle for transgender folx as single use toilets are rare. Before a transgender person can even think about what they want to study they must jump through hoops of confusing paperwork, coming out to their university, figuring out housing, how to use the bathroom and if they will be alone on campus.

Blog post for a scholarship at: http://www.transgenderscholarship.org/ 

Introduction to Druidry

Druidry looks to allow one to be fully creative, commune deeply with nature and gain access to profound wisdom.

There are three grades: bard, ovate and druid

  • Bard- our creative side. Singing, writing, storytelling, etc
  • Ovate- lover of nature, the healer and the diviner
  • Druid- seeker of wisdom, the sage, the teacher

What druidry can bring to the modern world

  1. philosophy that emphasizes the sacredness of all life
  2. puts us back in touch with nature
  3. promotes healing
  4. affirms our life as a Journey
  5. open us up to other realities
  6. develops our potential
  7. opens us up to magic

Druidry beliefs

These are common beliefs among practitioners of druidry but you do not need to believe in them all to practice druidry

  1. theology – one may be an animist, pantheist, polytheist, monotheist or duotheist. Some may feel that there is no conception of a deity. All see nature as divine or sacred
  2. the Otherworld – the world we see is not the only one that exists. This is a realm(s) which exists beyond the reach of the physical sense but is still real. The place we travel to when we die but can also be visited during life via dreams, meditation, hypnosis, journeying or in a trance.
  3. death and rebirth – the soul undergoes reincarnations but not always in human form

Three goals of druidry

  1. wisdom
  2. creativity
  3. love

Druid values

  1. relationships – experience them
  2. responsibility – taking responsibility for your actions
  3. self-knowledge – know yourself inside and out without deception
  4. trust – trust in yourself, others and the world
  5. integrity – being complete and undivided, adhering to moral principles and standards
  6. courage – ready to accept danger, suffering or hardship to attempt to change the world
  7. environmental awareness – understanding nature’s consciousness and energy
  8. generosity – giving to yourself, others and nature
  9. friendship – making meaningful connections with others
  10. honor – engage with courage in honest, with generosity and responsibility and with respect that comes of loyalty
  11. a worthwhile life – responding to life’s events in a positive or optimistic way

* there is no universal doctrine in druidry

Disclaimer: most words in this text are directly from the sources. In various places I use my own words or rephrase the text from the sources. I do not claim intellectual property of these ideas

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Welcome/Fáilte

Thank you for checking out this blog! A majority of the posts will be direct texts and quotes from druid resources. These will be short entries that allow you to read the main ideas from these resources. My goal is for those who have little time, ADHD, learning disabilities, etc to be able to engage with druidry without struggling through long readings and articles. All sources will be cited so you can check them out for yourself later.

I personally focus on Irish druidry so most of the content will derive from that or general druidry. There will also be posts of my own content such as summaries of my high day celebrations. If you’d like me to post on a specific topic let me know in the contact section.

Cheers!