Last night I had the honor of attending a slam poetry open mic night hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis, the DC Center and Busboys and Poets on 14th Street. The event was entitled "Taking the Stage: Taking a Stand" dedicated and performed by survivors of sexual and physical abuse. CIS women, Trans Women, Women of Color, Trans Women of Color, Women with Disabilities, Allies, CIS gendered men, and the full spectrum of the LGBTQ community came together in a time of solidarity to stand up to the plate and say "Me too; but never again".
Never before have I been so moved by the truths of others. I laughed, I cried, and I sang... and I was grateful. I was grateful to see these individuals be vuneriblue and powerful; to show their scars and celebrate the beauty of their life... all so someone else could know that they were not alone in their struggle.
Last night, was a shining example of what we value here in Ward 1, and across the District: Community, family and the blessing of giving back.
Thank you to everyone who made last night a night that I will not easily forget.