Last night I attended the monthly Bakersfield PFLAG meeting where their special guest was Autumn Sandeen. If anyone doesn’t know who she is, she handcuffed herself to the White House fence to protest the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy and was arrested for it along with a few other people including Lt. Daniel Choi.
Autumn Sandeen is a very wise and very intelligent woman. When the Pflag meeting was over, Chip and I got to go talk with her for a few minutes. I have learned so many things about people in the transgendered community over the years and I have come to gain a great respect for anyone who knows what their gender should be and takes the proper actions to change it for themselves. She isn’t having an identity crisis because she knows what her identity is and that is of a human being who should have been born in a different body. Plain and simple.
Autumn is a person who deserves my respect and has it. She is more of an activist than I could ever hope to be because she actually goes out there and does what she says she will do. She is doing what I wish I had the courage to do and that is what makes her a hero to me. She is standing her ground and going to jail for her beliefs and sometimes if that is what it takes to make change happen, then that is what she must do.
I am very lucky to have had the opportunity to meet her and I look forward to the world changing because of her bravery and determination.
PFLAG has their meetings once a month and I was asked to drop by for their March 2012 meeting to hand out business cards and to let people know where they can buy my book “Diary of a Gay Nerd: Life After Child Abuse, It Gets Better.” It will be a powerful meeting because they also have Autumn Sandeem. Here is a quote from the PFLAG invitation that I was sent:
“PFLAG Bakersfield is excited to welcome Autumn Sandeen to our March 1st meeting. Autumn is a Transgender Navy Veteran, progressive blogger, writer and LGBT activist. She tends to focus on equality, diversity, veterans, LGBT, and most specifically transgender issues.
“Autumn’s tireless work for the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell brought her national attention when she handcuffed herself to the White House fence with other LGBT activists.”