Hi Zada, thanks so much for the sweet response; your kind words mean so much, and I know you get it firsthand! I absolutely agree that love is the catalyst for us choosing advocacy. Unconditional love. And me too — on the whole opening your mind up regarding so many other inequalities! I draw that connection in discussion (of #BlackLivesMatter, for example) whenever possible. If it weren’t for this journey of raising a trans teen, I don’t know that I ever would’ve had my eyes opened to the exhausting daily microaggressions (and worse) experienced by other minorities & marginalized communities. It pains me to admit that, and to know I’ve spent the majority of my life being willfully ignorant, but I suppose better late than never!

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