I just have a few things to say to and hopefully it will be understood. I am in a position where most days, for me are a struggle and the only thing I have is the hope that this will be over soon.
We are all given choices, privileges, power, rank, or the chance to make a difference. No matter how small something seems to you, in that moment, it could be seen to others as incredibly important … giving hope and something to look forward to.
I don’t know why, but things of this nature always seem to be put into the hands of people who, most of the community see as unfit for even a basic task. My partner is told that she has no right to speak for me because I am a black trans man. The organizations that she reaches out to, refuse to speak to her. She is cis, straight and white passing, and has no place in the communities that she fights for. But I understand how the world sees me, and I chose this woman to be my voice BECAUSE she is cis, straight and white passing (plus she made fabric for a dress from a picture I drew for her…how cool is that? LOL) . THEY (cis, white,straight men in positions of power) listen to her voice. She uses her privilege as an ally to benefit incarcerated LGBT men and women who cannot speak for themselves.
We all have something in us that wants better for our communities as a whole. It is time for us to take a stand, all people no matter what color, race, creed, nationality, religion, sexual identity, gender, size, or age. Use your voices and be heard and support the allies, even if they are not a part of your community. For the next couple of weeks use your social media pages to encourage other people or to just to say something nice to someone. Be safe and take care. Until next time.
Words of Kyle P*