I know I have been asking you for money. First it was Bitch Magazine. People responded, and this brilliant magazine has been saved for now. Then earlier today I told about how Soulforce desperately needed money, or it would have to cancel this year’s Equality Ride. It looks like that disaster has been avoided. Phew!
These are tough times in the US financially, and it hits some of us harder than others. In the past few years I have heard stories from several trans women and men who have overcome amazing odds in their lives. If you think discrimination against gays, lesbians and bisexuals on the job is bad, for trans folks it can be much much harder (All the more reason we need to pass an Employment Non-Discrimnation Act-ENDA that includes gender identity). Outside of the US in most places it is even harder still.
I have a very personal appeal today. Some of you may know of Yuki Choe. She is a trans woman, a Christian, and an LGBT activist in Malayasia. She has also written for the blog Ex-Gay Watch.
In the past few months she has suffered significant personal setbacks including the loss of an important relationship and unemployment with no immediate prospects, issues that she has shared with readers over at her blog. A highly responsible person, she has worked hard to find employment and get through this current crisis.
Today on her blog she asked for our help.
It is not something I am comfortable of doing, but looking at the circumstances I know I need to accept help before falling back into obscurity. I am now really in a tight struggle, and the job employment market had been tremendously slow due to the current unstable political situation in Malaysia. Adding to that, choices are not on my side being a transsexual living at these times in this somewhat intolerant environment. Currently, I do not have any ideas to work with, and time is running out for me here.
A friend encouraged her to open a Paypal account where people can send donations. I encourage you to donate. You can read more of Yuki’s post and learn of other ways to give here.
Many of our LGB organizations add the T as a sort of accessory (and usually do little for the B too). We say that we like diversity, but as a dear Friend recently reminded me,
Diversity itself is morally neutral; only justice is inherently moral.
From that I draw conclusion for myself. We can’t talk about diversity as a moral imperative unless we are willing to talk about justice and then do something about it. Here is a chance. If you are an LGBT person or an ally, here is someone in the family who can use your help. If you are a Christian or a person of faith, here is a fellow sojourner who needs us right now.
Not to get all fundamentalist on you, but I have been thinking of this verse in I John 3 today in regards to our sister Yuki.
If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear. My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love.