Love is not a privilege, it is a basic, fundamental, and critical right. Every single one of us is deserving. Love requires only that you let it be. That you ask nothing more of it, that you expect nothing in return. Love by virtue of it’s grace is without condition. It just is, you either do or do not, you either will or will not. When you make it conditional you minimize it and turn it into something else, something selfish. That’s not to say that if you love someone or something harmful you should accept it. You can love unconditionally and you can put conditions on how you expect and deserve to be treated.
Our only requirement on this planet, in my humble opinion is that we treat others the way we ourselves expect to be treated. That’s it, all the other stuff we do to each other, making comparisons and judgments, setting impossible expectations for each other, that comes from our own ideas about how love “should work.”
I understand life requires certain conditions in order to set appropriate boundaries. It is my firm belief, however, that love is boundless and liberating when we do it “right”. Unconditional love is a super power that every person can tap into but there are some rules…
- Save judgments for God, the Fashion Police, and actual judges.
- Never withhold compassion or empathy.
- Be generous with your love.
- Be honest and kind.
- Learn to see, then accept, then celebrate differences.
- Love yourself and others the way you wish to be loved in return.
- Seek to uplift, never tear down.
- Have faith in yourself and humanity.
- Never expect others to think, react, behave, or live like you.
- Learn to live and let live, no matter what, no matter who, no matter how (if this confuses you, see commandment #1)
I suppose you could apply this to any single relationship in your life, whether professional, platonic, or romantic. However, I want us to apply these commandments to complete strangers, people we don’t know and may never know. In fact, send that kind of love to people in the Transgender community especially Trans People of Color. A community in danger because they are being seen as unworthy of love, safety, protection under the law.
- 19% of people have experienced domestic violence at the hands of a family member because of their transgender identity or gender non‐conformity. Of those cases:
- 65% had attempted suicide, compared to 32% of those who had not been abused
- 48% experienced homelessness, a rate four times higher than those who were not abused (9%)
- 47% reported drinking or using drugs to cope with mistreatment, compared to 19% of those who had not been abused
- 29% had engaged in sex work, a rate four times higher than those who were not abused (7%)
- 29% of transgender and gender non‐conforming people reported being harassed or treated disrespectfully by police officers
- Transgender people of color reported much higher rates. Source.
I wish that I could put my heart inside everyone else, so they could see the divine light in themselves. At the end of the day, I only have my words. I can’t really teach you how to love but until then #6 is going to have to do, I promise to keep loving you the way I want you to love me in return and maybe, eventually, everyone I love will love like me.
If you want to do more than love and accept the transgender community unconditionally, you can step up and advocate for them too. To learn more visit The National Center for Transgender Equality.