Goodbye friends

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Within the span of one week, I lost two friends to suicide. Of the two, I was closest to Viv.

There’s so much that I want to say about Viv’s death… everything from the significance of how it happened to what it was like frantically calling her after I found out that she’d posed a suicide note to her FB account…

Around a week after Viv’s death, Sarah also committed suicide.

Hate and victim blaming are fucking toxic and I really wish those who spoonfed my now dead friends poison could have a moment of clarity… and grasp how unnecessary and harmful their toxic BS really is.

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Cristan Williams is a trans historian and activist. She started one of the first trans homeless shelters and co-founded the first federally funded trans-only homeless program, pioneered affordable healthcare for trans people in the Houston area, won the right for trans people to change their gender on Texas ID prior to surgery, started numerous trans social service programs and founded the Transgender Center as well as the Transgender Archives. Cristan is the editor at the social justice site, is a long-term member and previous chair of the City of Houston HIV Prevention Planning Group, is the jurisdictional representative to the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS), serves on the national steering body for UCHAPS and is the Executive Director of the Transgender Foundation of America.

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