I was so excited when @stampannniething reached out to me about collaborating on an LGBTQ+ pin, all to raise funds for the LGBTQ+ nonprofit, Affirmation. Stamp Anniething is a stamping and crafting company that keeps family, diversity and inclusion at the core of its mission.
I was asked to ponder on the motto that I wanted to accompany the stamp/pin collection, and I chose “Claim Your Worth”. So much of my advocacy revolves around concepts of worth, and the idea that the hierarchy of bodies is simply a division of human value.
Self-worth is something that I used to spend a lot of time thinking about, mostly because I felt I had none. I spent much of my life suffering because I felt broken. “Broken” was my word for “worthless”. When I realized that my sense of worth was mine alone to claim, that I could not rely upon any other source to provide it to me, I experienced profound freedom. Worth is ours for the claiming. Your worth is yours for the claiming.
Today, I want LGBTQ+ people everywhere to know that they are valuable and wanted in this world. I speak especially to my beloved trans siblings whose humanity is continually discounted and denied. You matter.
The proceeds of any purchases of this pin will go directly to the nonprofit organization, Affirmation, an organization that serves LGBTQ+ Mormons, former Mormons, and their friends and families. I had the privilege of serving as president of the organization in 2018.
Queer members of the LDS church have unique and difficult obstacles to navigate. Affirmation exists to create a safe space for queer Mormons to navigate their faith and sexuality in a loving community. This organization is what gave me the ability to process the complexities of my identity during my own coming out process. I will be forever grateful for this organization and the work it continues to do.
Your purchase will contribute to Affirmation’s ability to continue its vital, lifesaving work.
Thanks, @stampanniethhing, for your commitment to a more equitable world."
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