Dear friends concerned for my safety:
I very deeply appreciate your concern, and I love you all.
That being said, I know what I’m doing and I am prepared for the consequences. In the past few weeks multiple people that I have personal connections with have been the targets and victims of violent hate crimes. A man in my apartment complex died after being stabbed. A close friend was attacked in the street for being trans in public. Another nearly lost his life, again by knife attack, for doing the right thing as you all know.
I feel a deep sense of personal responsibility for the safety of my friends and community, and in all of these instances I have deeply regretted that I was not present. I believe I could have altered some outcomes for the better.
I want you all to remember exactly who and what I am.
I know a lot of you look to me as an inspirational figure or a role model, but I want to remind you that there are far better people for you to look up to. Remember that I have blood on my hands. I strongly believe that one of the best ways I can contribute to my community is to draw fire from those that intend to harm us, because I am far better prepared for that kind of violence than many others are. I will also remind you that I have a concealed carry permit and years of combat experience. I’ve trained at the highest levels and at the best facilities in every art and artifice of war and I am always armed.
Every day I strive to be a better person and to be worthy of the love and support you all show me, but again I urge you to remember that I am far more tiger than housecat and my capacity for survival and overwhelming violence are deeply ingrained in who I am. This is where I shine. If Nazis, crypto-fascists, bigots, and militants are going to attack anyone, who better than me?
Again, I love you all and I thank you for your concern and your warnings, but as long as innocent folks full of love and light are being bloodied, beaten, and murdered I absolutely cannot sit idle and let it happen.