President Barack Obama made history on Monday when he spoke about the Stonewall uprising and the gay rights struggle during his inaugural speech.
Many in the LGBT community were thrilled, but an 11-year-old girl named Sadie wondered why Obama didn't directly address transgender people, too.
As a result, she spelled out her own vision for America:
"Sadie was so proud of President Obama for including the gay community; however, she felt like the trans community wasn't included," said Sage, Sadie's mother.
"That inspired her to write her own 'speech.'"
Sadie's speech, which began making the rounds on the Internet soon after the President spoke and was published in full on the website TransGriot, reads:
"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."
Well said, Sadie. So very well said.