A busy period of growing the Camp, creating a teen program and finishing up the semester as a professor. And I have been learning about how to be an ally and parent to a transgender daughter. A lot of work has been done on checking in on myself, my family and my community.
So much tragedy this year. So much joy as well.
How do we reconcile both?
We seek justice for the intersection of gender, sexuality, class, race, ability, and those experiencing temporary homeless and deserving communities.
And we focus locally.
So here we begin in the Bay Area where we think there is plenty, and there is, but there is still so much more possible. And we begin with this camp and creating safe spaces.
I know there has been a lot of reaction to Bruce Jenner’s interview with Dianne Sawyer and the visibility of the uniqueness and individuality of all gender non binary stories. My own family also lent our voice and became visible, because we believe it is important to stand in alliance. Let’s us honor the courage and bravery it takes for one to embark on their gender journey.
I came across the following quotes on “Resilience” from Rick Hanson’s Wise Brain Bulletin and thought it fitting to remind us all that yes, there is struggle for our community as we learn to be allies to our gender non binary youth, but there also can be joy, triumph and resilience, too. Be brave, be bold, and let’s also hope that all youth can thrive as we further the work on the gender revolution that is taking place in the Bay Area right now.
Mastering the art of resilience does much more than restore you to who you once thought you were. Rather, you emerge from the experience transformed into a truer expression of who you were really meant to be.
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives.
It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.
It’s not so much that we’re afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it’s that place in between that we fear. It’s like being between trapezes. It’s Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There’s nothing to hold on to.
Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only is such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
M. Scott Peck