By Carmarion D. Anderson, Achieving Together Partner
Achieving Together is a community movement.
We need allies and diversity.
We need people with different ideas and perspectives.
We need people with different strengths.
As a community, we are in a transition period. As a trans-woman, I know a thing or two about how to navigate a transition:
- Transition doesn’t always feel comfortable. Sometimes it will feel like we don’t have all the answers. It’s okay to feel uncomfortable.
- Stay focused and committed to the change you are trying to implement. Achieving Together is a solid blueprint for moving forward with intention. Hold onto the belief in what you are doing.
- Support is necessary. The more people come together, bringing a sense of togetherness and family, the stronger the momentum.
The “community” of Achieving Together is an invitation for all of us to become leaders as we work to end the HIV epidemic in Texas. We also have the opportunity to demonstrate what “community” looks like when a diverse group of people comes together with respect for our differences.
Everyone’s presence is needed. Bring what you can to the picnic. The fellowship of all of us will create a greater outcome—faster!
What does community mean to you?
How can you be an ally?
Carmarion D. Anderson is a vibrant and visible Transwoman of color who has worked tirelessly to spread the Message of Inclusion to the world. Carmarion is the Executive Director of Black Transwomen, Inc., a national non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization with a mission to uplift the voice, heart, and soul of black transwomen. As well, a professional background in prevention services as a Prevention Programs Manager and Consultant leading local/national prevention initiatives with a focus on HIV/AIDS and other health disparities in marginalized and transgender communities. Carmarion serves as the National Moderator for TransSaints of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, Inc. and an associate minister at Living Faith Covenant Church, Dallas, Texas. Carmarion resides in Dallas, Texas, and is the proud parent of one son and has two adorable grandchildren.
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