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Amanda Jette Knox @MavenOfMayhem
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TW for this thread: Suicide

People often ask why I speak out so often in support of trans people. One obvious answer is I have a child & spouse who are trans & I've got their back. A less obvious one is because of the people I meet - and the ones I will never be able to meet.
I spoke to a room of 700 people this week. Many came up to me after, including a trans person and a handful of parents of trans kids. They shared their personal stories with me & it meant a lot.

But it was the man who approached me as I was leaving who made the biggest impact.
He had just gone outside for some fresh air after my talk. He had tears in his eyes. He thanked me, and then told me his girlfriend, who was trans, had taken her life earlier this year. My breath caught. I was at a complete loss for words.
If she had had parents like you who supported her like you support your daughter, it would have made all the difference" he said. "But she didn't."

He lost the love of his life because society - and her own family - didn't understand or accept her. Didn't love her like he did.
"I'm so sorry," I said. "Can I give you a hug?" He let me. We cried.

"I promise to keep fighting really hard," I said. "And never stop."

I left heartbroken and angry and even more determined than ever. Because this is needless. This should NEVER happen. And yet it does.
Every time you invalidate trans people. Every time you question who they KNOW they are. Every time you mock them. Every time you refuse to accept them. Every time you tell them there's something wrong with them.

You are wrong.

And You. Are. Putting Lives. In. Danger.
I haven't been able to get that grieving man and the woman he loved that I'll never meet out of my mind ever since. They will always be a part of why I do this work now. Preventing these tragedies is why all cis people should be standing up whenever and however we can.
So yeah, whenever you see me standing up to bigots, defending my child & wife & my right to identify as a lesbian for being in love with a trans woman, it's not for me. I don't care what they think of me. It's for them, yes, but also for the ones I will never meet. Like her.
If you're trans and struggling right now, just know a lot of us have your back. We care about you and we're fighting for you. Please hold on, please stick around. We want to meet you and fight for you - not the memory of you.

You are loved.

Thanks for reading. Keep shining.
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