I'm still pinching myself over this news, because this is truly the glittery goodness that dreams are made of. As a member of the CUAV staff collective, I'm working to build the world I've dreamed of - a world where queer and trans folks can heal and protect ourselves from harm, shifting from cycles of violence and living instead in communities of hope.
If you haven't heard of CUAV, you're probably new to my blog, and if you've been following my posts, you might think I'm slightly obsessed with CUAV's work. Here's why - CUAV, short for Community United Against Violence, is rooted in the basic belief that we, as individuals and communities, have the knowledge and power to create our own healing and our own vision of safety, without looking to the institutions that so often contribute to the violence that harms us. CUAV works to prevent and respond to violence within and against LGBTQ communities in a way that incorporates my core beliefs: that those who are so often pushed to the margins of society deserve better, and we can have better by turning to our own survival skills, our resiliency, the strength of our spirit.
Today is about celebrating love. Isn't it amazing to think of what queer and trans folks can learn from love? Through the natural, beautiful act of loving ourselves and loving one another, we build the strength to break down the walls the world builds around us. These walls are littered with messages that say that we're not good enough, not strong enough, that this world isn't ours to survive and thrive in. But with each act of love, each time we care for ourselves or another, we help to tear down the walls, for ourselves and for many generations to come. We stand together in power, and we say, this world is ours.
To learn more about CUAV's work, visit the CUAV website. Also, check out my events page to find out about upcoming events at CUAV. I hope to see you for tonight's membership meeting, where we'll have good food, good company, and a fun, thoughtful discussion about love - what the media tells us about it, and how we can tell our own stories. I'm so glad to have you with me on this new chapter of my journey!