Hey, you, I have your back.
It doesn't matter if you are a friend or a stranger, I have your back. It doesn't matter whoever you choose to love, I have your back. Whatever the color of your skin, I have your back. People with disabilities, I have your back. It doesn't matter where you were born, I have your back. I don't care about your religion (or lack of one), I have your back.
I stand here and promise you that I will fight for love, respect, empathy, diversity and equality. I will care for and protect this earth that we call home. Please, hold me up to these promises. I never thought of myself as powerful, but quoting Aaron Sorkin:
"We're not powerless and we're not voiceless".
So I'm drying my tears, holding my fears at bay, and getting to work. And it gives me solace to know that so many people are doing the same. Just to name a few: writer Deborah Underwood is giving away books to encourage donations, illustrator Meg Hunt is offering her support to marginalized artists, illustrator Aimee Sicuro is auctioning original paintings, and photographer Kersh Branz is donating her services to LGBTQ couples. With all this generosity in mind, I'm organizing a giveaway!