Colorado? Her world tilted when she heard the news. She felt sick. Weeping, she looked out her window. No birds could encourage her this time, no matter how hard they tried.

What should she do? What could she do? Drive out there? Take a bus? People there needed to be held, needed to be seen. By someone that cared.

After washing the tears from her face, she noticed the sun beginning to set behind the apartments across the street. She went for her coat and hat, determined to find some of her fellow transgender friends downtown.

Dear God…” was all she could say as she walked out the door. She would hold someone tonight, and they would cry together, whispering “I know…. I know….” giving each other just enough,


to make it

another day.

P.S. Hate and violence towards the LGBTQ community is getting worse in our country. Black transgender women are the most murdered group of people in the United States.

I stand against hate, and I stand with the LBGTQ community in Colorado Springs. If you don’t like people that are different from you, including the transgender community, please consider not following.

Much of this hate and violence is from the far right, starting with rhetoric.

For the next couple of weeks I’ll be resharing works of fiction I’ve written about transgender women. And maybe Emma will stop by to protect us, by extending her wings.

Poetry, Narrative and Image © Copyright, 2022 rivers renewed


28 thoughts on “Transgender

    1. You’re exactly right Frank! And hate is growing in proportion to the number of far right extremists. Some say the Republicans are almost all radicalized. Thank you for being here, peace and wonderful blessings.

  1. Dear Nico, thank you for your encouragement and your words. 💖

    I’ve mentioned Colorado in my latest post two days ago as well, and I’m still incredibly sad, sitting over here in Berlin, Germany. It’s just horrible. I’ll never understand that kind of hate. Never. 😿🌈💖

    Please take care and give your wife a hug from me. VVN

    1. Thank you Valentin. Many believe the US is progressive but not all that much! We still have large numbers of very conservative people with some very strange ideas. Thank you my friend! Hugs are enroute! Say hello to all the friends there. Peace and wonderful blessings to each one.

  2. For some reason, the developments of the past years and decades seem to be overrun by those who cannot deal with them. I don’t know where that hate comes against each other, against people who are not one and the same. It is not different from racism. I simply don’t get it!

    1. I understand! I’ve read many theories on this my friend. One is that conservative white people are afraid of not being in control, not being able to hold onto power. In many ways they feel outnumbered. So violent reactions take place. Thank you Erika. Peace and beautiful blessings to you and yours.

      1. The old issue with the love for power. Like Hendrix said: When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”
        Have a blessed day, dear Nico.

  3. Amen to that. I co-wrote a book in 2004 called “Transgendering Faith” a how-to for churches opening their hearts. (no longer in print) Things continue to be worse and worse.

  4. Very very sad news about Colorado Springs shooting , rest in peace ☮️
    World now moving down fall seems , Hatred destroys mankind 😡
    Don’t know when this will go away , we pray God ,there is no other way 🙏
    So sadly i expressed concern dear friend , your message lines read and
    So sorry 😔 grace wishes dear friend 🌷🙏♥️🌷

    1. Thank you Thattamma. Yes, it is so heartbreaking but your comments are kind and encouraging. I cannot thank you enough. Our country is so filled with hate. Please pray for us. Peace and wonderful blessings to you and your family.

  5. Lovely message Nico! I’m so with you:
    ” I stand against hate, and I stand with the LBGTQ community in Colorado Springs. If you don’t like people that are different from you, including the transgender community, please consider not following.”

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