"When people try to come at me with hate and negativity now that I'm living in my truth, I don't even acknowledge it. It's like it doesn't even register. I don't ask for your understanding. But what I do ask for and demand is your respect."
"I don't consider myself a fetish. I consider myself a woman. A lot of people don't know about trans women of color. We live our lives completely different from a gay man or a drag queen. I'm a woman, respect me. Or get out. Simple as that."
"I actually am a person. I actually function the same way everyone else does. Just treat me accordingly is all I ask for. No matter how many times the world wants to stone me for my truth, I'm going to keep my head up."
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