Never assume you are not welcome somewhere before assuming that you are. Give people an opportunity to surprise you. Give them an opportunity to surprise themselves.
You count. Your vote counts, your presence counts, your dollar counts. Don’t support something you don’t support. Don’t like something? Work to change it. I’ll work with you.
Your differences are gifts that you have been given, even on the days they feel like your curse. Differences can bring shame, fear, and danger, but also a pride that you wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to know.
It is not right or fair that we must educate and model our lives for others, but it is your choice to make it a burden or an honor.
If people hate you, it’s only because they don’t know you. Never apologize for who you are.
You are not alone. You are a part of something bigger than you can even imagine. There is power, strength, and wisdom in your story – it will be there for you when you need it most.
The best way to combat discrimination is to live your life well. Hate might surround you, it may even harm you, but it does not own you.
Elise and her wife live in Newington. After becoming foster parents in December 2009, they’ve developed a much greater appreciation for drinking. Kidding, mostly. In April 2012 they were overjoyed to have the opportunity to adopt their 3 wonderful foster children ages 6, 2 ½, and 19 months. Despite racking up mega loans to study school and child psychology for a million years, Elise works full time in the insurance industry. Not to worry though, her children – thoughtful things that they are – make sure she has ample opportunity to put her schooling to work on a daily basis. In her free time – ha!, yeah right.
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