I finished my essay for Eng 102 on the subject of acceptance of two-spirit identities past and present. I not only hope it gets me a good grade (:P) but that after the end of the semesters' portfolio judging my words can be used to educate. People need to understand the damaging effects our limited dualist gender system is having upon our children and the deep cutting emotional wounds left on these children when they grow to adulthood.

My essay is dedicated to Fred C. Martinez Jr. and all other two spirit and non-Native LGBTQ whose outer expressions of gender and sexual non-conformity and fluidity makes them a targets to the agents of hate infecting the heart and soul of our communities and schools. These sacred souls of our global family will never be forgotten.

Most of all I dedicate my righteous rage and my guardian spirit to the children who bravely walk a different path from that of most of their peers. I dedicate my passionate words and drive to facilitate change to the youth who rather than milling along with the masses stand true to themselves, leaving them far too often often standing alone.

You are not alone. I fight so that once day none of our children will have reason to doubt that they are valued and loved for who they are. I fight so that all of our children are safe. Until my spirit passes from this body into the arms of my ancestors, I will never stop fighting. Our children will know love. Our children will know pride. Our children will know acceptance. No matter what it takes, our children will be safe. As we will it, so shall it be!!!

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