The Agenda

Your messages to transgender teens

Last week we asked you to send us a message to trans teens affected by the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Education Department’s guidance protecting them in schools. The response was overwhelming – with more than 600 thoughtful, inspiring messages sent to us to share with trans teens. In addition to sharing some on social media, we wanted to provide you with some of our favorites here. We know these messages will not only inspire trans teens, but also our state and local LGBTQ candidates running for office, who significantly influence school policies for all LGBTQ students.

“You are loved. You are enough. You are protected. You are safe. You are respected. As a public school teacher, I will defend you and your pursuit of happiness till my last breath.” -Sheilagh D.

“You matter. You are loved. You deserve equal treatment.” -Moriah W.

“We have your back. Your fight is our fight.” -Averell G.

“You are special and deserve to be treated fairly and equitable to your peers. I am fighting to protect your rights and it’s imperative that transgender persons are elected to school districts, local, state and Federal governments to ensure you have representatives who understand your concerns and needs. You are courageous and please know you have many who care about you. Never give up and keep going forward.” -Mary N.

“You inspire me. I’m a gay man who came out as a young adult. Your courage and bravery are amazing. You have my support.” -Jon V.

“As the mother of a non-gender conforming child and an advocate for equality, know I support you. I see you. I will fight for you. We will make a difference!” -Gretta G.

“Do not let what fears you have today set the path for tomorrow. I believe in you, your strength and your courage. As a senior citizen member of the LGBTQ community, I know what happens in life often becomes a tapestry of our strengths woven together. Take heart and lean on one another, today and tomorrow.” -Vivian K.

“We are all made in the image of God, and that includes you! You are perfect just the way you are and worthy of love. Be strong!” -Gayle P.

“You are important. You are special. Know that support is available from the LGBTQ community and LGBTQ elected leaders. There are a lot of people, including myself who are trying to get more LGBTQ folks in office to help defeat anti-LGBTQ measures and advance important non-discrimination laws, so that fewer LGBTQ kids will face discrimination or violence.” -Glenda B.

“I am a lesbian who supports your political struggles. Yours are mine as well. We must stay together and never give up our human rights! Stay strong!” -Janet R.

“Please know that you matter, that you are supported, and that things will get better. While there is still work to be done, progress is being made with increased LGBTQ presence in political office, as well as the community and allies making our voices heard and demanding justice for our trans family. Your rights are human rights, and the people opposing you are clearly standing on the wrong side of history. Be strong and know that you are loved.” -Christie M.

“I’m sorry you have to deal with so much hate and ignorance. Please, never forget that there are many MANY people who love and support you!” -Donna W.

“You matter. You are important. Embrace who you are and be proud. We care about each and every one of you.” -Maryann G.

I have been active in the LGBTQ civil rights movement for 35+ years, and while change has sometimes come slowly, change will come as long as we stand together and fight for equality. Be proud of yourself and confident in our future. -Barry L.

“I want to send you my love and support and my admiration for the courage you demonstrate in showing up to be truly who you are. I wish more people understood that gender and sexual preference both are not binary; we are all on a continuum. You are not strange or different, you are unique and whole just as you are. Stand strong and know you are not alone!” -Wendy D.

“I have tons of Grandma hugs. Would you like one?” -Maryellen S.

“As a trans elder sibling I want you to know I will fight for you, I will always love and cherish you.” -Jennifer M.

“For a while I thought I was in the wrong body, too. Don’t let anyone tell you what is right for you. Many of us have your back. You are not alone.” -Debra G.

“Be who you are. Be proud of who you are. Don’t be afraid to reach out to others when you need help and support.” -Edie S.

“Just be yourself. And know there are countless others who are fighting to make sure your civil rights are recognized. It takes time, but history is on our side.” -Greg Ford Wake County Commissioner

“Remember that you have an entire community behind you, even if you cannot see them right now. We are rooting for you, even if it feels like you are alone in this moment. Be proud of who you are.” -Ashley B.

You are important. You are special. And the LGBTQ community and LGBTQ elected leaders have your back. -Jean W.

“I’m a teacher, a mom, and a member of the LGBTQ community. You and your rights are important! Take care of yourself. This will get better! xoxo Berit” -Berit H.