"Our LGBT community is resilient and strong, and particularly for those of us who are young and have our entire lives in front of us, it may feel like we are invincible. I’ve learned the hard way that I’m not. Cancer has taken a lot from me physically and emotionally. But it hasn’t taken away my voice, and it hasn’t taken away my hope. I hope to find out two weeks from now that I’m cancer-free."
Andy Cray, an activist for trans equality, health care access, and LGBT youth, died yesterday after battling cancer. He was 28. This Sunday will be his one-week wedding anniversary. Though I didn’t know him personally, we have many mutual friends from college and activist circles. His passing is nothing short of heartbreaking.
He wrote a piece for the Advocate a while back about his battle with cancer and the importance of health care; read it here. If you are so moved, his family and friends have asked that donations be made in his name to the National Center for Transgender Equality.
Thank you for everything, Andy. You made lives better.