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April 7, 2017

Neish

I’m still the same sibling…

Dear Krissy,

You’ve known me all your life. For much of it, you’ve seen my as your sister. I took you to school, I helped you with your homework, I played with you. I’ve listened to you. We’ve shared many moments together. As you’ve said many times, I’ve been the "best" older sibling for you. Not much has changed, I’m still the same sibling…I, however, identify as a transman. When I shared my trans-identity with you, it didn’t change anything for you. Sure, you had questions but it came from a place of love and respect. I’m thankful to have an ally like you. Your acceptance of my transition has made what can be a difficult time, easier. We need more allies like you. Allies should be caring, supportive and dedicated to standing with the transgender community. Allies should be respectful and understanding of boundaries. Growing up in Jamaica as gender non-conforming, has it’s challenges and it may not always be a safe or hospitable place. Allies and advocates, therefore, have an important role to play in speaking out against homophobia and transphobia so that all Jamaicans are able to realize their full potential.

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