In the past few days, we have been privileged to witness an increasing awareness and understanding within the m/m romance community about the complex issues of gender/s and sexuality/ies.
This has been a significant and positive step forward in healing a rift caused primarily by ignorance and bringing hope where there was once anger, turmoil and devastation.
This is by no means an end, however.
For if there is one thing we have all learnt is that a rainbow cannot easily be grasped or defined.
Rainbows are constantly changing. Rainbows are not fixed. Even when an artist tries to portray them in a photograph or piece of work it is only one moment in time they are capturing, not the full journey of a rainbow.
It is this fluidity we need to embrace and encourage others to do so as well.
To this end, we are sending out a challenge.
A challenge to help us increase awareness, acceptance and support for the trans*, intersex, intergender and questioning people in the m/m romance community and broader community by adding this to your site.
We believe this will stand hard as a sign post symbolising hope as well as a safe space for GLBTQQ people to freely be themselves. Whoever ‘they’ might be at that particular moment and whoever ‘they’ might be in different moments in the future.
We do this on the day which marks the 13th International Transgender Day of Remembrance; a day for remembering those trans* who have been the victims of hate crimes.
We also do this in association with the Safe Reading Zone campaign; a promise to those GLBTQQ people among us that we will support them.
So, will you accept our challenge?
Perhaps this excerpt from an interview in September 2011 between genderfluid Andrej Pejic and ABC’s Nightline Juju Chang will help you make a descision:
Chang: When you see yourself in the mirror, do you think of yourself more as a man or as a woman?
Pejic: I like to keep my options open.
Chang: What does that mean?
Pejic: I see myself.
‘I see myself.’
That, friends, says it all.
Please help us spread this message.
With hope and love, Aleksandr Voinov, Amara Devonte and Kris for ‘embrace the rainbow’.