When I heard there was going to be a ‘white nationalist’ (read: Nazi) rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, I shook my head. Another headline full of hate in deeply troubling times, and there was nothing I, or really most of us, could do to stop it.
Then I heard the worst news. One of the racists in the rally had murdered a counter-protester, Heather Heyer, a woman friends and relatives had described as “passionate”, “a people person” who always stood up for people she believed were being bullied.
An organization called Unity C-ville has set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for the victims of this brutal attack. You can donate directly here.
I will be donating 50% of the proceeds in the next 72 hours from the sales of my work to this worthwhile cause. That goes for all my books, stories, and collections.
It is my aim in publishing to raise my queer, female-bodied, gender nonconformative voice for people like me and people who aren’t like me, to show that different is good, that we are all worthwhile, and we all deserve to be heard.
We cannot fight hate with hate, or violence with violence. All we can do is look inside ourselves for the change we wish to see in the world, and provide support and love to those who need it.
Be safe out there, folks.