Watching the UK Government break down into lawlessness has been an experience. My gut reaction is to flee, but I’m not leaving my home. I’m going to stay and fight because I believe in doing what’s right, and there are certain ideals I feel bound to defend.
At 53, I’ve accepted that I have a finite amount of energy. To fight, I must conserve that energy, and I can’t be distracted by things that annoy and distress me, so I’m going to put this out there instead of explaining myself over and over again.
If you are sharing anti-trans views on Twitter, I will unfollow/mute you. It isn’t a personal attack on you, but seeing these views upsets me and I don’t want to be exposed to them. That’s my choice, just as it might be your choice to air those views. I’ve no desire to fight with you because my mind is settled and happy with my view. I’m not going to call you a TERF because I don’t think it’s a nice thing to do and it certainly isn’t productive. We can part ways on friendly terms without any ill wishes between us.
If you are advocating holding a second independence referendum illegally, I will unfollow/mute you. Having just seen the rule of law thrown into the gutter for political expediency unnerves me, and I won’t be a part of it. Again, this isn’t personal, but seeing support for independence consistently over 50% gives me the only hope for a better future I’ve had for years. I’m not willing to jeopardise that.
This won’t make me popular, and that’s fine. I’m not out to fight or try to change anyone’s mind. My goal here is simply self-preservation and mustering up as much positivity as I can. There’s a long road ahead of us, and this is the best way to make sure I make it to the finish line – because on the other side of all this is our one chance to go forward with a shared sense of decency and respect.