“Justice is what love looks like in public” – Dr. Cornel West
As an inclusive and welcoming yoga instructor and trauma release facilitator, I believe in creating spaces that honour and embrace the beautiful diversity of all individuals. While the topics of LGBTQI communities and trans rights may not be immediately associated with my work, remaining silent on these important issues can perpetuate harm and hinder the creation of a safe and inclusive environment. Today, I want to use my platform to express my unwavering support, particularly for the rights of the transgender community.
At the heart of my commitment to trans rights lies the celebration of human dignity, equality, and individual freedom. When any group is targeted or marginalized, it impacts us all. Embracing trans rights is not only crucial for fostering inclusivity within our society but also for cultivating a sense of collective empowerment and respect for each individual's unique journey.
Laverne Cox said, "Trans rights are human rights." This statement resonates deeply as it highlights the significance of recognizing and affirming the inherent dignity of every individual, regardless of their gender identity. It is essential to acknowledge that denying rights to any community based on their differences undermines the core values of equality and justice that we strive to uphold.
In celebrating Pride month and advocating for trans rights, we are advocating for equality for everyone. We affirm that every person, irrespective of their gender identity, deserves equal opportunities, rights, and freedoms. By embracing and supporting trans rights, we actively contribute to the creation of a society that values the diverse experiences and identities of its members.
I want to emphasize that my intention is not to change anyone's mind, but to foster understanding and compassion. In embracing the individual freedom to live authentically, we enhance our own lives and strengthen the bonds that unite our diverse community. It is through kindness, empathy, and acceptance that we bridge the gaps that separate us, nurturing an environment that celebrates the true essence of each individual.
Access to inclusive healthcare is a vital aspect of trans rights. Just as we prioritize the well-being of ourselves and our loved ones, ensuring equitable access to healthcare for all populations is essential. By embracing inclusive healthcare practices, we create a foundation that supports the fundamental right of every individual to live a healthy and fulfilling life.
No community should face discrimination or violence, and trans individuals are no exception. It is our collective responsibility to reject hate crimes, prejudices, and systemic biases. Recognizing trans rights as human rights necessitates cultivating an environment where everyone can live without fear of persecution, and where respect and acceptance form the bedrock of our interactions.
As part of my commitment to inclusivity and creating safe spaces, I want to emphasize that all of my public classes, workshops, and all private sessions are designed to be welcoming and affirming for individuals in the LGBTQI communities. Additionally, the trauma-release work I facilitate welcomes, supports, and is safe for everyone. Trauma affects individuals from all walks of life, and my approach is rooted in compassion, understanding, and respect for each person's unique experiences. My aim is to provide a nurturing environment where you can explore and heal from trauma. As your practitioner, I will hold space for you with empathy and sensitivity, honoring and supporting your healing journey every step of the way. Regardless of your gender identity or sexual orientation, my sessions provide a supportive environment where you can fully embrace your authentic self. It is my heartfelt intention to ensure that every participant feels seen, heard, and respected throughout their journey of self-discovery and healing, free from judgment or discrimination.
In our journey toward equality, let us remember that love knows no boundaries. It is our duty to ensure that every person can experience the joy and fulfillment of building meaningful connections. By following the wisdom of Mr. Rogers, who encouraged us to "love our neighbor as ourselves," we establish a foundation of compassion and unity.
As a society, it is our responsibility to actively celebrate and support the rights of all LGBTQI communities. By fostering a culture of inclusivity, equality, and freedom, we can create a world where every individual feels seen, respected, and valued. Together, let us embrace and promote trans rights, weaving a tapestry of acceptance and empowerment that celebrates the unique journeys of all individuals.
Empathy Unleashed: Understanding that TransRights are the Key to a Better World© 2023 Ruth Day. All rights reserved