"You do not have to leave to arrive. I am learning this slowly."
"I have to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival."
"It’s always important to have role models. Transgender people are often shown in the media to be extremists, or working and living on the streets, unemployable or weirdos. To have real life success stories, people can say, “Here’s someone who works for the president of the United States,” or “Here’s someone who is an executive in a major corporation,” or “Here’s someone at the top of their field in medicine, law or education.” They can say, “They can do it, I can do it, too.” There doesn’t have to be a concrete ceiling just because I used to present myself differently than I do now."
Amanda Simpson, special assistant to an Army acquisition executive. She’s also the nation’s first transgender presidential appointee. (Full interview via Dallas Voice)
NBA player Jason Collins says he is gay | SI.com
Pro basketball player Jason Collins appears in his first interview since coming out. (via ABC)
Really great article by Jason Collins in Sports Illustrated about coming out to his family, being gay in the NBA, and why he decided to come out publicly.
"Be kind to yourself. Stop telling yourself that whatever you are struggling with “should” be easy. If something is hard for you, it is hard for you. There are probably Reasons, though those may just be how you are wired. Acknowledge these things. When you finish something hard, be proud! Celebrate a little.
And really, just stop saying “should” to yourself about your thoughts and feelings in any context. You feel how you feel. The things in your head are the things in your head. You can’t change either directly through sheer force of will. You can only change what you do. Stop beating yourself up for who and what you are right now–it isn’t productive. Focus on moving forward.