Brianna Ghey, Eden Knight, and Ariyanna Mitchell all lost their lives because they dared show the world who they were. I yearn for a future where we no longer need to remember new lives lost.
This is a very sad, poignant, and moving piece - thank you Erin. To save lives, it is absolutely critical that young trans people have access to supportive loving adults in their lives, and good medical care which is given promptly (noting that access to a waiting list is NOT access to medical care). Young people with access to these resources not only have a markedly reduced suicide rate, but (as noted in the story) their happiness is remarkable and radiates forth. It is tragic to note that that three years ago, GAC for youth was legal in all 50 states but now it is illegal and/or unobtainable in nearly half of them. The speed by which this happened is sickening. This runs counter to best medical practices and is unconscionable.
Thank you for writing this, Erin. I will be thinking of Eden, Brianna, and Ariyanna very much today and at my university’s Trans Day of Remembrance vigil this evening. Extra love to all today.
These three, especially Brianna and Eden. I also remember Alexa Andreevana Sokova who is from my home town. Her body was found in a deserted area after she was murdered by her roommate. The local police will not acknowledge that she was trans and the press that has acknowledged her, still deadnames her and will not cover the police cover up.
Thank you for this moving piece. It is sometimes so difficult to put into words what we are feeling as a community.
To just think for a moment that those young, loving and vibrant souls could actually be any one of us. We must NEVER forget the sacrifice they have made.
Powerful writing, as always Erin. So sad, but we have to galvanize our resolve to fight.