“Living in a world of isolation” by Jamie

Many people today are struggling with anxiety due to the fear of spreading or contracting the COVID virus.  This fear has resulted in forced isolation.

Without a support system during this time of isolation the pain and anxiety we experience can be very traumatic.

For most of us, our only support comes from being able to communicate with others through social media and other forms of electronic communication.

But what many people fail to realize is how similar the anxiety they are experiencing is to what people who are LGBTQ experience every day of their lives.

We were forced to live in the closet trying to “fit in,” because of the fear of being ostracized by society through ridicule, abuse, and rejection.

For us, our support only comes from being able to connect with others who are struggling with the same issues as we are.

This is why organizations like PFLAG are so important to our health and wellbeing.

I know all too well, the pain of isolation because I was born transgender. I was never allowed to be myself.  My fears of rejection forced me into the closet where I lived most of my life. If it hadn’t been for LGBTQ support groups like PFLAG I could never have survived.

Today I am free from my fear and isolation.  As many others will one day when this pandemic is over.

So I wrote a little poem to share with you what I endured growing up transgender. I hope it will encourage you to never give up and realize that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

A little girl of only three is trying so hard to be free, 

But is told she must go away,

Because her love has to lead the way.

So she hides in darkness enduring the pain,

That she can never come out again.  

Her only hope is to trust in him, 

And find a little peace within. 

But as the years pass by the darkness closes in.

And even though she has faith in him,

She starts to weep so loudly that others say,

She must forever stay away.

But there is one whose love is true,

He knows just what he has to do.

Even though he would have to go away,

He decides to let her out to stay.

Now this little girl of three is finally allowed to be free.

No longer trapped within their soul, 

They both find what makes them whole.