Thank you for sharing this, James, and thank you, Brandy, for giving him access to your story. You are a brave and admirable person, Brandy (You too, Jim!) along with so many others suffering the same fate for no reason other than being who they are. Sometimes the families we were given had one cosmic purpose — to produce us. That’s it. Our families (and this is true of mine but for different reasons) were just the first vehicle in our long life ride. Our job was and is to hitch other rides along our journey until we reach our destination, until we have the opportunity and gift of creating a family that fits us like the perfect shoe. That is where and when we can stop traveling, settle in, and be home.

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