Realised something

It’s easier to be a bigot than to do something in some way to combat that bigotry when it’s aimed at you

The people who hate us don’t feel distraught or hopeless. They may be scared of something but not in the same way.

They don’t have the burden we do.

But also, they have a choice. I don’t believe we do.

I can’t quit doing something that clearly helped people. Had enough messages saying it has. And I couldn’t look myself in the face if I stopped.

Been in a dark place for over a year now. Been sat on stories (including an absolute gift entirely thanks to GC ineptitude and blind luck) and felt totally unable to see them through.

Because I was actively triggered by them in the actual sense

I have a history of being gaslighted (actual gaslighting, not just being lied to) and dealing with gov press officers, seeing the horrible things I’ve been sent or dug up myself has absolutely caused flashbacks

I can’t quit doing something that helps…

…and I can’t quit doing the only thing that’s ever left me feeling this fullfilled and I can’t quit because I don’t have that luxury. I don’t believe any of us do.

‘Your health comes first’ was a common response when I quit. But if I’m not doing everything I can…

…how can I expect my health or anyone else’s to improve? The attacks, the bullshit isn’t going to stop because I have issues. Me quitting, choosing life, that isn’t a viable option in the U.K. in 2021

If I’m able (and I am) then I can’t quit. I won’t quit

Sorry for the drama. Hope you learned something from this.

Watch this space. Trans media is coming


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