On 11/20 something despicable and tragic claimed the life of my sister Kelly. She wasn't born Kelly, and another human being broken in their own sad way decided that Kelly and four other souls didn't deserve to be among the rest of us. So five lives were stolen from us, because not enough of us remember the basics we learned in kindergarten. Just to be kind and love one another.
Kelly struggled with her identity, she struggled with substance, she struggled with suicide, she struggled with feelings of self worth. We all have those thoughts and feelings, but some more than others. Growing up gay in the south still ain't easy.
I want to lash out and hate the person that stole my sister. I want to seek vengeance and retribution. But that makes it about me, and Kelly was too full of love for others for me to let evil beget evil.
This gofundme is for others that struggle the way Kelly did. This is so we can give voice to the loving and compassionate among us who won't sit idly by while zealotry bigotry and hatred play out before our eyes.
I know all too well how drugs can mask trauma and distract from emotional and psychological pain. Kelly did too. That's something we both struggled with. But now it's time for a different struggle.
For anyone who has love in their heart, anyone that can't stand to hear another story ideological murder, anyone that feels the need to let others know that they are loved, this struggle needs you. We struggle for Kelly. We struggle to make sure the demons that haunted her in life will not haunt anyone else.
Kelly brought light and life to any room she walked into, but she couldn't see it in herself the way the rest of us did. She couldn't love herself the way she loved and supported everyone around her. And I'd be willing to bet the same could be said for the person that stole her away from us.
This gofundme will support Kelly's legacy of love. With your generosity we can fund the organizations and charities that make a difference each and every day for people like Kelly. So that each and everyone of them knows that being trans doesn't make them unworthy of love or decency. That every human life holds value, and there are plenty of open hearts ready to share love.