Excellent post, thank you.
I’m 6'4, white, male, and fortunate that I have support and resources in my family and community. If my physical presence can help *anyone* feel a little better in our world, and wearing a simple safety pin signals that to them, then hell yes, I’m in.
A conservative friend asked me to explain it to them, what the safety pin meant. I told her that, for me, it meant “I am with you.” If you are afraid or alone, I will stand by you, sit by you, talk to you, walk with you. Whatever you need at that moment. I told her it was the symbolic equivalent of a hug. She could imagine the symbol as a peace sign, or hands in prayer, or a smiley face, it doesn’t matter. What matters to me is that it signifies to anyone who many need it, “I am with you.”
And I told her I’ve never known a hug to hurt anyone. Hugs to you all!
Speak out! Disrupt! Act!
p.s. She acknowledged the sincerity of the act, and even posted positively about it on fb. That’s a ripple, but many ripples can join to be a powerful wave.