Jump on The Freedom Buss and Ride!

One sunny day, May fourth, 1961, a group of people who had experienced being hated on, abused, shunned an even physically attacked, boarded a big ole buss and left Washington DC headed for New Orleans; they called themselves the Freedom Riders!

It was a world changing event that lasted throughout my youth and well beyond. The riots, the beatings and even murders; it’s a heart wrenching, sickening thing to glance back on to see how people treated people.

Three months after the Freedom Riders boarded that first bus, and to the day, October 4th, I left my Mama’s womb and began my own freedom ride out in the big wild world.

My parents were avid news watchers turning on the little 14 inch black and white TV like clockwork each evening as the supper dishes were cleared from the table by my younger sister n me.

We would watch the events played out each evening through out our youth; the assassination of JFK, Bobby Kennedy’s murder, the stand of Martin Luther King and the ongoing pressure placed on the world to stop its ridiculousness toward a different people.

Fast forward to October 3rd, 1995; I’m working in a club in BC Canada in a country music band; drummer and vocalist. We had just finished our night on stage when in walks a famous country music singer from the deep south of USA.

A room full of country folk gathered round the “ singing star” admiringly hoping for an autograph, until one disgusting comment passed his lips regarding the OJ Simpson trial which was all over the news then.

I remember like it was yesterday as the “N” word passed his lips along with the other disparaging words he had said.

 Quickly and systematically the big group around him simply walked away like he had passed some really, really bad gas. There he stood, alone at the bar. Now he was alone.

Fast forward to November 4th, 2008, Obama won the presidency with 365 electoral votes to 173 received by McCain. Progress is being made!

August 8th, 1942 Papa Gandhi said, “we will not resort to violence, but we will simply not comply”.

As we glance back through history, we can see clearly that when we use consistent and steady pressure of who we are and our freedoms as human beings on this planet, change occurs, though at times seems painfully slow.

In the recent comments made by the current president of the USA toward Transgender people who want to serve their country in the military, know this my friends, his time will pass and his small minded! And regardless of the ignorance that pervades still in the minds of some of the world, I am one tiny part of a quiet resistance refusing to be silenced and marginalized.

Each of us can look upon ourselves as those small minds see us; that is of course one option.

We can view ourselves as insignificant, less than or not good enough if we so choose to, but we do have another option.

We can hold our heads high, decide who we are, and continue to show the world that although we may be different in our own wonderful ways, we too are worthy of Kindness, Love and Respect and we will settle for nothing less!

Almost every relative I have, including myself, have served in the Canadian Armed forces and many of them live(d) on the rainbow.

This week, take a moment again to look into the mirror and smile through those pretty painted lips; bat those long thick eyelashes, and smile wide as you say out loud,

“This is world change I Am a part of”.

Simply by being here, as a single drop of water, and continuing to stand and be seen, you are a small but necessary part of creating a better world for generations to come. Many drops of water make the ocean!

I look forward to the day when one of us takes a seat on Parliament Hill here in Canada and the day will come when one of us enters the Oval Office there in the USA; it’s only matter of time.

Take up your place and hold your head high; You are an amazing part of something much greater that you may think; wear your badge of honor with Pride and walk on…

Thank you for being exactly who you are!

Namaste’

 Char

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  1. *skippy1965(Cynthia) 5 months ago

    Char-Thanks for sharing a very touching glimpse at the lives many of us have experienced. The optimism you ended with reminded me of something I wrote back in early 2016. https://www.crossdresserheaven.com/forums/topic/could-this-be-the-first/
    A similarly optimistic view of the future which is not as distant as it once appeared to be.
    You write eloquently and I hope presciently as well!
    Cyn

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      Char 5 months ago

      Let THIS be the generation that changes the attitudes and beliefs of the world towards the TG community…
      I read this in a really sweet poem I recently read for the first time.
      Thank you for your comments Cyn, For years I searched for why it is so hard to “express” freely and one day I just stopped searching and decided this:
      I will not let what I cannot do, stop me from doing what I can…
      I Am so proud of the conversation among the people of the world who have expanded their minds…I know that the key to learning is Repetition, and that getting out there “online” is one thing I Am doing, and the more we all do, the sooner we will be among the “normal” and humanity will have expanded a wee bit more…

      Thanks for being you Dear, I Am Grateful Cyn 🙂
      There’s a quote I really like that my Dad used to say; When we conquer our own fear, we will conquer theirs as well…and, when we have turned our enemies into friends, we have conquered our enemies without raising a weapon…
      Namaste’
      Char

  2. Amelia walker 5 months ago

    The road to enlightenment is never a straight one and many are twist turns and backward steps, but a day will come when people will see past appearances and value each other for the positive qualities that can enhance the human condition.

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      Char 5 months ago

      ….and what a wonderful moment each time a tiny step forward toward acceptance and kindness is gained; when the fears of the unaware are quelled and freedom is experienced…
      Namaste’
      Char

  3. fiona moss 5 months ago

    Awww Char! what a beautiful article, it even brought a tear to my eye. Such lovely, sincere words, just makes me remember why i joined here in the first place. If only there were more people like us out there, then the doubters would be a grain of sand on malibu beach! Thanks for posting Char, it strengthens my mind, making me even more determined to be ‘just me’

    Fiona xxx

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      Char 5 months ago

      Namaste’ Fiona, I’m imagining that I can get enough girls around me to start a channel interviewing peeps like us and sharing the real emotions of the journey, not just a victimy
      poor me whine fest, but truly helping those who are willing to, to see us, ya see? lmao
      “out there” is the key I think Fiona. Even here, and don’t take it wrong, I love CDH/TGH, and even here, we’re are safely on our own lil island,,,I’m not sure what exactly I’m cookin up yet but I am expanding now and feeling a surge of “hell ya!” in me if you know what I mean Sister 😉 hehehe
      Thaaank you for being you Fiona
      Let’s challenge one another,, gently,,to expand hahaha
      Namaste’
      n hugggles Darlin
      Char

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