“Being apart of the LGBTQ+ community is sort of this existence in dichotomy. On one hand there is this urge to celebrate and fight for who I am and how I am so proud to do so. On the other, there is this weight of always having to justify my existence paired with the immense mourning that me and my community face when it comes to the tragedies that we experience as a community. For me, it is the mourning that gives me strength. It is the pain that I have experienced that fuels the fire of my passion to speak out for my LGBTQ+ community. I speak out for those who cannot and I fight for those who cannot. I will not let the size of the task at hand daunt me in to apathy, for I know that one positive difference is enough to keep this movement alive, to keep me fighting. I fight for my friends, and for our future community, so that they will never have to be fueled by mourning and pain, but instead love and hope. I will close with this quote from Rabbi Pirkei Avot for it speaks a powerful message that needs to be heard.
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“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.” - Pirkei Avot”