Archive for November, 2016

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Tonight/Tomorrow: A Poem for 23 Lives

20 November, 2016

​Tonight the storm is strong and the winds are bitter. Tonight 23 transgender people are remembered, whether they are trans women, trans men, or gender fluid. Tonight we whisper 23 names in the dark.

Tonight we remember 23 hard earned lives that were lived with strength. Tonight we eulogise 23 lives abruptly ended this past year by people possessed by hatred, by fear, by violence. Tonight we hold hands, we circle one another, and we grieve.

Tomorrow we draw the circle wider and yet wider again. Tomorrow we seek with our feet and comfort with our hands. Tomorrow we reach out and draw our neighbours in with open arms.

Tomorrow we stand with our heads high and our eyes open. Tomorrow we stand firm in the face of hatred and discrimination. Tomorrow we say no to hate and we act with love.

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Stronger Together

12 November, 2016

​On my mind today is community. Reach out to the people around you; do not wait to see if they reach out to you. Open doors and build bridges. Make connections in other groups who are also hurting right now; stand up for them and help them to stand up for you.

Educate yourself. In A Christmas Carol, Dickens drew our attention to the twin children Ignorance and Want. Of the boy, Ignorance, Dickens wrote: “Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom unless the writing be erased.” We must educate ourselves. We must learn about our neighbours, their lives, their fears, and their joys so that we do not become Ignorance, so we do not produce more Want, and so we can avert Doom.

We are and, always have been, stronger together. Please, create community, help us heal, and keep us safe.