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Letter: Albom’s take on transgender community is insulting

Albom’s take on transgender community is insulting

I was disappointed to read Mitch Albom’s column mocking the transgender community with comparisons to Rachel Dolezal and by repeating a Fox News commentator’s statement about self-identifying as a cat.

His inane comments about a hypothetical draft and men pretending to be transgender to avoid combat are offensive to anyone who knows anything about the very real struggles these people face.

The suicide rate among transgender youth is 50 percent. Transgender children and adults face discrimination in simple things most of us take for granted, like using a public restroom.

To suggest that anybody would fake being transgender is insulting and harmful to people coming to terms with their identity.

Allison Dukat

Grand Island