This past Saturday marked the Second Women’s March. Millions of Women from all backgrounds took to the streets to demand change in their country, state, local cities, and towns.
The beautiful thing about the Women’s March is each march is a volunteer-based, locally driven event. Each March chooses their date, time and focus.
This year’s theme was a celebration of women. Celebrating women from across the spectrum of womanhood. Honoring the diversity of women in our community. Giving support those abused, marginalized and/ or silenced. Knowing that If something affects one of us, it affects all of us.
This desire to create change in our community can only happen when we choose to step up speak our truth and take our place as a leader. I took that step at this year’s Women’s March and would like to share it with you.
My Speech form the Women’s March San Jose
Hello San Jose
My Name is Aejaie Sellers and I am happy to be here with you today.
Like a lot of you, I heard Oprah’s speech at the Golden Globes. The speech was amazing. It was emotion and power, but there was a quote that stood out for me.
“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud, and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.”
So today with a little encouragement from Oprah, and much support from my family, friends and, you I would like to tell you my truth.
My Name is Aejaie Sellers and I’m Transgender.
I grew up in a small town in upstate New York. I spoke my truth for the first time in a letter to Santa Claus at the age of 4. While my parents didn’t quite know what to do my truth, I was never made to feel ashamed of who I was or what I wanted to become.
By high school, I had been picked-on, bullied, beaten and called every name in the book. But I still had my truth and the unconditional love and support of my family.
I was fortunate to start my physical transition during my senior year of high school and completed my transition before heading off to college.
I completed College, traveled a little moved a couple of time and started a business. As a matter of fact, I’ve moved a lot and started several businesses. I’ve also spent time working in the public and private sector. I’ve moved to California in 2000 and landed in San Jose in 2004
In 2008, I married my wonderful Husband, Tony who not only puts up with me; he is my rock and biggest supporter.
The fact is, I’m like many of you here today. Maybe we didn’t start on the same path, but we’re on the same path now.
So, as I speak my truth, all I ask one thing of you today.
See My Truth
See me for who I am, not what I am
See me as the women, wife, daughter, and sister, I am
See me as the business owner, teacher, and mentor, I am
See each of us for who we are
Hear us, knowing we will not be silenced.
See us as warriors, who will resist and are ready to fight
See us struggle and know we will never quit
Know us as voters, who will not be suppressed
See us as your neighbor, because we are
See us as your friend because we will be
See each of us with our hopes and dreams.
See yourself for all of your beauty, glory, and magnificence.
See your Truth, Speak your Truth and don’t ever let yourself be silenced.
Thank you for letting me speak my truth Today. Thank you for seeing me as the person I’ve become and am today.
To view and listen to the speech click this Facebook link for Women’s March San Jose