“All of a sudden, we have to say, ‘I would do this in a heartbeat if I could—but I can’t.’”
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“I have PTSD from the experience. I’ve had to take leave from work several times for therapy and I take five medications.”
“I’ve had to refocus my college search and look for schools in states where there aren’t active efforts to pass anti-trans bills.”
“I tried to reach for my phone to call 911, but they tackled me, carried me to the car, and took me to a group home for people with disabilities.”
“When my device malfunctions, my parole officer calls my family to see where I am. If they didn’t pick up, a warrant would be issued for my arrest.”
“It all hit me again: the heaviness of this virus; the reach of this virus. It was a very surreal moment.”
"They were taking selfies with white supremacists. My friends and I were maced, tear-gassed, beaten, shot at with rubber bullets, and traumatized."
"The taxes... oh my god, the taxes."
"One thing I’ve learned during all of this is that it doesn’t matter how cautious or responsible I am—my livelihood also depends on the public."