Who taught you who deserves to be believed?
No one? Everyone?
How did you come to believe—or not believe—people who exist in bodies of a particular color, size, shape, who have a particular set of parts or pronouns or abilities?
Did you scratch and question and choose it for yourself? Or did you quietly and safely and perhaps unconsciously agree to a social contract that pre-determines who does and does not get a say in the truth of their own experiences? Was it uncomfortable? Is it uncomfortable?
Were you raised, without even knowing it was happening, not to believe some of the very people you say you love?
And you. Do the people you believe look and sound and move through the world
like you do? Were you silently taught to believe that people who come in bodies like yours and have experiences like yours cannot be trusted or believed? Were you raised, without even knowing it was happening, not to believe yourself?
I believe you. I love you. I choose you.