An open entry on my views of the Women’s March on Washington:
Today marks the first day of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America.
I can’t physically be there in the march, neither in Washington nor here in Hamilton. So, I will use my voice instead. My powerful, god given, intelligent voice.
Today, people all over, will unite together to marhc in an uprising of love and human rights. The Women’s March on Washington is well underway and is being recognized and joined by many cities, including our own, right here in Hamilton at City Hall.
For my own personal protest and for the protest of human rights across the globe I stand with those in Washington to fight for the equality of the human race.
I’ve been cat called by men from their cars. Nothing new. And sad to say nothing new. I’ve been objectified sexually. Nothing new. And sad to say nothing new. My ideas and thoughts have been undermined. Nothing new. And sad to say nothing new.
I’ve been called a “tranny” and “drag queen.” And not just once.
I was labeled.
It was my first time being labeled as an adult. I felt it through my blood, bones and heart. It wasn’t about whether I was transgendered, gay, straight or bisexual. I was made to feel like I was not worthy of walking the road without feeling shame. Sorry THEIR shame.
It doesn’t and will never matter how we identify our sexuality, but it matters when someone scrutinizes you for who you are. It was about five years ago and I stood there and took it. I continued to walk by, but they shouted in a scornful and hateful way trying to make me feel inferior.
To have someone else identify me and then use that identification to try and insult me is not a moment you can use anymore to justify your own self worth; especially at my expense. I will not be made to feel less than; as a woman and as a human being.
The call for gender justice is NOW.
Let’s switch gears. After all, I did say that I choose love and human rights first. To the people who chose to speak about my intelligence and my ambition over my appearance. Thank you. To the men, and to the women, who look me in the eye when I speak and offer my opinion. Thank you. To the men and women who defended my right as a female. Thank you.
This is not a women’s issue. It is a call for humanity to stand in solidarity and belief that love will save the world.
Use your voice, use your heart and use your spirit. Do no remain silent. This is where change happens.
I identify as female, Caucasian, Canadian citizen at 27 years old. I am not a citizen of America. To join in and say Trump is not my president, logically does not make sense. But as a Canadian citizen, it is ignorant to believe this does not directly affect you and our country. I can bet quite a bit that people are either gawking or rolling their eyes at this demonstration, at these beliefs and at these images. People will scoff. People will continue to hate. People will continue to judge.
DO NOT be that person who just willfully allows it.
This is an uprising of love.
Choose it everyday.
Washington we stand with you.