Changing hearts and minds takes time. It takes stories. It takes love, compassion, thoughtfulness and persistence. Today we recommit to putting all of those things into this fight-- for Gavin, for Ellie and for all families and children like ours.
This morning's decision by the Supreme Court felt like a physical blow. It hurt like one. But as parents do, we must rise up from heavy blows to our families and children and become stronger. We will continue to fight for what... for the basic rights of our children to exist and live safely and freely in schools and public life.
That is what Gavin Grimm's case is all about. Exisisting safely in public space. Don't we all want that for ourselves and our children?
We have and will continue to #StandWithGavin and the many families who live in states where this ruling is especially damaging. Families, trans students and trans people, are not alone in this. Title IX and the Constitution still stand as do millions of allies, churches, schools and institutions willing to defend rights. In comments are links to statements and actionable items from major organizations.
All of use are not going anywhere... in fact we are only getting stronger. We are not done.
Gavin, Ellie and thousands of families like ours need allies in all corners of this country right now. In this email, please find links to some great organizations leading actionable steps at state levels.
In the last two weeks so many things have happened that encourage us to move forward. All of you signed up to learn more. We met and spoke with Congressman Elijah Cummings who, with tears in all our eyes, gave us advice to keep fighting. My sister's family marched in Boston to Stand with Trans Kids. The Neal Family ( pictured) solidified my love for them as a whole with important pieces of advocacy and beautiful, original compositions of music.
From our family to yours, thank you.
-JR and Vanessa