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Trans Day of Resilience 2015

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A message from Ky for all of you on this year’s Trans Day of Resilience 

Well things are going good for once but that doesn’t mean things won’t change. I pray for the best and hope that one day I will be able to look back and see where my prayer got answered. For a very long time, I was angry but now I leave all of that negative energy out of my system. I know that I can feel peace despite where I am and what’s going on with me.

This year for Trans Day of Resilience, I want you to know that even though I have never met you, I am praying for all of you. We have to rise above the hardships that come our way and show the world that the Trans Community is full of loving people. I am more than what people say I am. I am more than how the media portrays me. I am love, I am peace, I am  equality, I am freedom, I am life, I am a member of the human race and I am fighting for my dreams. When you feel darkness closing in, stop and think of all that you have overcome. You made it this far, there is nothing to stop you from taking the next step, no matter how big…or how small and insignificant it may feel. Fear is the mind killer, and it is the only thing that holds us back. 

I receive a lot of letters. While most are encouraging, many are filled with anger and negativity and often focused on the wrong idea. I live in a very small world. When you are stuck in the system, you see first hand who has the control, and how they use it to manipulate the population. In here, we have to stand together and take care of each other. My life matters to the white elderly grandmother in the cell next to mine, and her life matters to me. This is a lesson that people in the free world do not understand. We have to remember who the real enemy is. We live under the control of a system of government “magicians” who play slight of hand to turn us against each other.  They use the media to distract us with stories that cause fighting within our own communities.  Color vs. White, Men vs. Women, Trans vs. Cis, Femme vs. Butch, Gay vs. Straight, Christians vs. EVERYONE else….they have divided us in every way possible. If we cannot bring our community together; if we cannot put trust in our allies, we might as well just lay down and let them take us out. 

Our women and men are being assaulted and murdered at an alarming rate. Our gender non-conforming children are being rejected and committing suicide. We are all being oppressed, victimized and then criminalized. The time has come for us to stand together. This is our “civil rights movement”. We all have the right to exist as human beings, but more than that, we all deserve the right to live and be happy, not just survive.

Stay strong , be blessed, and know that you are never alone in this world.”

Words of Ky


About Ky peterson

Kyle (Ky) Peterson is a vibrant, intelligent, and uncommonly kind human being. He’s a hard worker, with a genuinely loving nature, and a passion for promoting Human Rights and Transgender Equality. His life was forever changed in 2011 when he fell victim to, not only a violent attacker, but also the “American Justice System”.

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