“It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist.” – Laverne Cox
My dear queer children,
As my semester comes to a close, I will be taking a hiatus from this blog in order to rest from this semester. While I have enjoyed this semester, I have also been busy with classes, meetings, organizations, social groups, and whatever else. It has taken a toll on my physical, mental, and spiritual health, so I will be taking some time to recover from the semester. As such, this is my second-to-last blog for the year. However, that doesn’t mean I won’t be here. Please still feel free to reach out to me if you need any advice or support.
I wanted to first share with you an advocacy project that I created in coordination with the LGBTQ+ organization I am a part of to raise awareness about trans and gender non-conforming students on campus. I encourage you to watch the video to hear the stories about our queer siblings and to share the video to share their voices with your friends and family. To watch the video, click here.
I decided to plug the video into this post because I want to remind you all that who you are is human, and who you are is beautiful. So, this post is to simply be a moment of reaffirmation and support for you all. I know this time of the semester is stressful. You have your final papers, projects, and exams, and some of your relationships may be tense. You are being asked to do so much, and yet the time and energy you have is so little. So my queer children, whether you are completely relaxed or exceedingly overwhelmed, I”m asking you to take a deep breath right now.
Take another deep breath.
And now one more.
I promise you that even though everything that is happening right now does not seem like it’ll get better, you will be okay. And you will be the one who becomes better and stronger. These words aren’t enough to do this for you, and I truly can’t provide you with a five-step guide to being okay when everything around you isn’t. But I can point you to the direction of some resources, such as hotlines specifically for LGBTQ+ youth. Follow this link to get connected to hotlines that will help you with what you are experiencing. It may also be helpful to look back at my self-care post or my post on embracing your queerness as an individual.
But what I really, really want to tell you is this: you matter, you are important, and you are loved. Your experiences and emotions are valid. Your struggles are seen, and your voice is heard. You are just as human, just as beautiful, and just as important as anyone else on this earth. You belong here. And nothing about who you are will change any of these truths. No matter what your peers, professors, or parents may say, you are who you say you are.
Please take another deep breath.
Process this moment of existing, and remember these truths.
Read over those words again. You matter, you are important, and you are loved.
I am leaving this post at that, and nothing more, so that you can sit with this message of love.
I am your advocate. I am your godparent.
Please reach out to me if you need anything.
Until next time,
Love, Your Gay Godparent,