The real violence, the violence that I realized was unforgivable, was the violence we do to ourselves, when we’re too afraid to be who we really are.
― Nomi Marks played by Jamie Clayton in Sense8 S1E9
When I realized I was transgender I was so afraid of what my transition would do to everyone else in my life and how they would react to it and would I be rejected?
…you have to accept that the things that are in the past cannot be changed, and that all you have control over is what happens next, and you have limited control over that. The best you can do is try to live honestly, be honest with yourself, be honest with other people. I think that’s the best way to be happy in life.
Like racism and all forms of prejudice, bigotry against transgendered people is a deadly carcinogen. We are pitted against each other in order to keep us from seeing each other as allies. Genuine bonds of solidarity can be forged between people who respect each other’s differences and are willing to fight their enemy together. We are the class that does the work of the world, and can revolutionize it. We can win true liberation.
When I was young … I couldn’t find anyone like me in the world, and it felt like my dreams were foreclosed simply because my gender was less typical than others. If I can be that person for someone else, then the sacrifice of my private civic life may have value.
I think what you’re seeing is a profound recognition on the part of the American people that gays and lesbians and transgender persons are our brothers, our sisters, our children, our cousins, our friends, our co-workers, and that they’ve got to be treated like every other American. And I think that principle will win out.
If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret… I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life.’