You wrote: “I’ve planned to write this blog for some time now.

I made a promise to those who want to speak but don’t feel they have a voice that I would speak for them until they wanted to speak for themselves. I had support though. My friend Daniel Johnson has been standing with me and keeping me accountable to write this piece since I told him I needed to back in May. His gentle reminders made me sit and take the time to do it and also be ok with the emotions as well. I want others to not stray away from change because it’s uncomfortable so I need to be able to not stray from truth-speaking for the same reasons.

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