I have said for three years that it isn’t the statistics that force us to care and take action when it comes to hate crimes and the victims of anti-LGBT violence – it’s the stories of the lives that were lived and the stories of the people who loved them. I had an idea for a project not too long ago that stemmed from this thought. Perhaps it will be a book, or perhaps something else – right now it’s just a project, and an idea at that, but one I would really love to make happen. I am thinking of starting a project that would showcase these stories. I’ve reached out to a few people to see if they would be interested in sharing their stories. I have received one response from the four letters I’ve sent, from someone who said she would very much like to talk with me, so I am hopeful, but we will see what happens with this project.
If any of you who are reading this happen to have a connection to anti-LGBT violence and would be interested in sharing your story, I would love to hear it, and I can be reached at email@example.com.