Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻✊
I came out as #queer before Obama’s first term as president, and at that time, did not have enough information or self-understanding to know my #nonbinarygender. Even without the gender piece, I remember being really unsure what my future would look like. Being from Missouri, marriage equality did not appear within reach and discrimination policies did not account for the experiences and safety of #trans and queer folks in the ways they do today. I came out during a time when the political climate/state of the country meant some aspects of my future as a queer person were uncertain.
Throughout Obama’s two terms as president, I observed a powerful shift in the way the media and Washington DC portrayed #lgbtqia folx and the issues impacting them. For the first time, I had a president telling me I am entitled to the same health care, marriage rights, and human rights as every other individual. Seeing myself as being worthy of #hrt, #topsurgery, bathroom access/safety, and being acknowledged/addressed using the name and pronouns I identify with played a huge role in my becoming motivated and feeling able to pursue being a happier more complete self. I am here to remind you that you are worthy--no matter who is president.
In the days following the election results, I find myself back in that place of uncertainty…wondering what the future of my family and community will look like, and what access, safety, or human/civil rights will look like in the future. Instead of becoming paralyzed by my fear and worry, I am driven to act and stand up for what I know is right. Now, more than ever, those of us who can must find the activist within ourselves. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek