Dear Friend of Equality,
I’m a lot of things. I’m lesbian. I’m Jamaican. I’m a young person still trying to figure out what my future holds. I’m a co-founder of Quality of Citizenship Jamaica. I’m someone who was recognized by President Obama for my work when he spoke at a town hall meeting in Kingston. I’m a global advocate who has a platform to address discrimination on a daily basis. I’m a proud member of Alturi’s Global Advisory Board.
I’m also a survivor of sexual violence, which occurred in 2009 after I came out. Obviously, this was a pivotal moment in my life. I had decisions to make. The first thing I decided was that I was not seeking asylum anywhere. At the end of the day, Jamaica is my home and no one will force me to leave my country because it belongs to all of us. I decided to stay for the purposes of showing that if you are LGBTI you can live and you can be out in Jamaica. I decided to fight back.
One of the ways I’m fighting back is by advising and working with Alturi. What makes Alturi stand out is that it’s an organization not just saying “we want to help international activists,” but rather saying “we want to hear and learn from international activists and support their work.” Trust me, I know the difference and Alturi is on the cutting-edge in the global fight for full equality for LGBTI people.
TODAY, I’m asking you to fight back with me as we seek to raise $5,000 over the next 48 hours, which will be matched dollar for dollar by our generous friends at Trillium Asset Management, a longtime leader on LGBTI issues and sustainable investment.
This is not something we are trying to do – it’s something we are going to do. Remember, when you give, whether it’s $5, $50, or $500 – YOU are fighting back and standing with me.
The fight we are waging is tough, it may seem insurmountable at times, and, yes, it can be heartbreaking. I know about heartbreak. I also know about triumph and what’s possible when we choose to fight back.
Thanks for standing with me today. We will keep you updated about the match over the next 48 hours so thanks in advance for helping us meet this goal .
Member, Alturi Global Advisory Board
Executive Director, Quality of Citizenship Jamaica