I’d like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and the best wishes for 2011.
Remember that even if you’re alone, you do have family — sometimes a dysfunctional one and distance between us, but family nonetheless. Take care, keep heart, stick together as best you/we can.
If you’re lonely over the holidays, Ethan St. Pierre is still podcasting his 13 Days of Christmas, until 10:00 MST (midnight Eastern) tonight and from 9:00 AM MST (11 Eastern) until 10 MST on Christmas Day. He’ll be having guests, music and sometimes call-ins.
For those able and wanting to give this holiday season, a couple options are definitely worth considering:
For those readers who are US citizens and will be listened to on this, Bil has alerted people to a seriously tragic situation taking place in Florida. You don’t need money to give to this one — your time is more valuable here:
Betsie has now been diagnosed with stage four cancer and is dying. After she didn’t contact her family for over a week, her family traveled to Florida to check on her and discovered that doctors had discovered an inoperable bowel blockage. Betsie is unable to take in any food and is slowly starving to death in prison. The state has decided to refuse Betsie IV nutrition saying, “She’s going to die sooner or later.”
What you can do is to help keep the pressure on to have Betsie released into her family’s care. Find out the details, information on what you can do, an update on the situation and the relevant contact information at TBP.
And if you do have money to give and are interested in helping sisters and brothers in dire situations around the world, consider giving to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), which I regularly see in the newsfeeds getting involved for trans and LGBT people who are in need — and sometimes in danger for their lives.
In the meantime, here’s a wish to save for those darker moments, when you’re wondering what we go through all our trials for. Sometimes, this will be little consolation, and other times, it will mean everything. But although I have mixed feelings about the “it gets better” projects, I do still believe that it’s worth hanging on, because we change more than just our bodies and / or apprearance, although we sometimes don’t notice. This is slightly modified from Muse’s “Hoodoo,” (linked because embedding was disabled):
I’ve had recurring nightmares
That I was loved for who I am
And missed the opportunity
To become a better person…