I’m wearing purple for those we have lost to homophobia.
For anyone who has suffered due to their perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
For those who have been bullied.
For those who have been told they are not good enough, weird, wrong, damned, perverse, sick, and broken.
For those who have to come out.
For those who have to stay in.
For those who have been delegitimized.
For those who have lost their children due to inefficient legal protections.
For those who have been unable to visit their loved ones in the hospital and make decisions about their health.
For the “he”s and the “she”s and everybody beyond and in between.
For those who have suffered “corrective” rape.
For those who have felt uncomfortable in their own skin.
For those that have been condemned or kicked out of their places of faith.
For those that have cried themselves to sleep.
For those who can’t adopt or inseminate.
For those that have had to hide and lie.
For those forced into heterosexual marriages.
For those who are boxed and labeled.
For those who can’t walk out of their door holding their partner’s hand.
For those who cannot enter certain countries.
For those whose love is a political statement.
For those that have lost their job.
For those who can’t officially change their documents.
For those that seek sanctuary.
For the well versed and the ignorant, the educated and the learning.
For those who challenge stereotypes and assumptions.
For those sent to clinics to be “cured.”
For those who are systematically denied their human rights on a local, state, regional, national, and international level.
For those who have been kicked out of the armed forces or told they cannot serve.
For those that have been scared.
For those whose transgenderism is called an illness.
For those that have been hit, cursed, tortured, beaten, murdered, and left for dead.
For those in prison.
For those who have been disowned.
For those who are called by their birth name against their request to be called by their chosen name.
For those whose marriage is a public decision and vote.
For those that hope for understanding.
For those who have to break the law to reassign their sex.
For those whose love is illegal according to their governments.
For those who seek asylum.
For those who are now able to get married.
For all the steps we’ve taken so far and for all the steps we have yet to take.
For those who are questioning.
For those who are looking for answers.
For those who are asking if it gets better.
For those who will be.
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