While so much has changed for me and for our community, the world is still not a kind place for someone like me: an HIV positive, indigenous, immigrant and trans woman of color. What has gotten me this far and what inspires me to keep going is the resilience, creativity and tenacity of the trans and genderqueer community.
Zero tolerance policies do little to solve problems of bullying in schools. They disproportionately impact the lives of LGBTQ students and students of color, and students who take action to defend themselves become punished. They make clear institutional racism, heterosexism, homophobia and transphobia.