Holiday Greetings Here we are in December 2014. Christmas is around the corner, Chanukah has begun and families are gathering in a time of joy and thanksgiving. I’m especially excited to have my son and daughter, son-in-law and twin grandsons for the holiday. Like so many families, we’re spread out and coming together is a special occasion. If I was any more excited, I’d explode. We are all looking at a new year and I can’t help but be the cockeyed optimist and know it is going to be a fabulous 2015!
2014, What a year! This year has been an amazing time for the trans* community as a whole and me personally. This year we’ve seen more and more local, county, state and national advances in the rights of trans* people in housing, employment and civil rights. Miami-Dade County and the City of Sarasota recently added gender expression and preference to their Human Rights Ordinances. Now over half of the citizens of my beloved Florida are protected. Next year lets get everyone in Florida and the nation protected. This year we saw Laverne Cox on the cover of Time Magazine and a cable show, titled Transparent, about an older transgender woman coming out at the age of 72. (Kind of hits close to home, doesn’t it?) Visibility is key to our gaining the rights we all deserve and we as a community are visible more than ever.
2014, For me I enjoyed more blogging, attending and presenting at the 2014 Southern Comfort Conference and am becoming more active in promoting the rights of trans* people everywhere. I’ve been blessed with more friends, allies, contacts and readers than I ever imagined.
2015, What lies ahead? One thing we know, there’s plenty of work for all of us. We need more Human Rights Ordinances to protect trans* people. Marriage Equality needs to be recognized and embraced in every state in the country. There must never be another victim of a hate crime, violence or murder just because some one is trans*. I pray that we never need to have another Transgender Day of Remembrance again because no one was killed for being their true selves.
2015, All work and no play makes us dull folks My wish for all of us, besides doing the work that must be done, is to enjoy ourselves more. That wish includes more laughing, singing, dancing, loving and friendships. I urge you to grab all of the joy you can and love and cherish all the people who matter to you. If I learned one thing it’s this, “We all think we have more time.” Let’s not waste a second of time we have on Earth.
Thank you To all of you how read my blog, let me ramble on Facebook, I met at SCC and those who I came in contact, written, talked to on the phone, I thank you. You have enriched me life.