Being an ally is more than just sharing a post on Facebook or Tumblr. It’s not a hashtagging on Twitter twice a year. A real ally supports their trans loved ones everyday. i It’s celebrating their 1st shot. It’s binder shopping with him, or trying on dresses with her. Holding a hand or lending a shoulder to cry on when they’ve been rejected for job after job. It’s becoming consciously aware that your body stiffens every time they go to a restroom in public.
Having trans loved ones means whispering a prayer under your breathe when people walking by make comments. It’s being unabashedly proud to be blessed with the presence of a human being who is strong enough to fight for their life everyday, then get up and do it again the next day. No, I’m not trans, but some of the most important people in my life are. Being present in their human experiences gives me strength, and I understand more each day, the blessing of the two-spirits in my life.
Sorry it has been a while since I last posted any updates on my prison life and the way I see things. I have been extremely busy with classes, my work detail, & adjusting to and watching the affects T will have on me. I just completed 2 classes; Poetic Concepts and Back To Basics. I learned a lot in those groups about self motivation, diet, exercise, music, art, mediation, and way to express myself more positively. I start 2 more classes on Monday , Computer Technology and Customer Service. I’ve been trying to get into Computer Tech. for 6 months. I am so excited and I am a little nervous but I know that sometimes, I need to go outside of what I am used to just to get where I need to be. I’m not afraid to try something new and I’m not afraid of failing. For me, failure happens only when you give up and refuse to try to beat the odds. Make no mistake, I am not happy to be in prison and I hate it here. I am my best to learn and grow from this experience so that I can share it with others. I hope to keep anyone from having to suffer as I have had to suffer. There is always a better way and you always have options. No one has to be alone and no one should be told that they can’t do something.
For trans Day of Visibility, I am making myself visible. Trans people suffer unbelievable injustices at the hand of law enforcement everyday. They are criminalized, punished, then released into the world with a record….making the ability to survive even more difficult. Transgender people deserve as much of a chance at life as anyone else. The power is inside of you so unlock your greatness and make the world a better place. Be safe until next peace and love.
~Words of Ky