Weʼre raising £1,000 to Remember Joy, fight for LGBT+ rights in her name.
- Kilmarnock, UK
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Joy Wilson was a brave Trans women who had lived in a rural town in Scotland called Kilmarnock her entire life, facing transphobia on a daily basis, she was targeted because she had chosen simply live her life, her house windows and doors smashed and spray painted. When she had died her closest friend and family member didn't even know she died until well after the funeral. Joy wanted her memory to be one of being unashamed and outspoken for these issues, in her last two years as a trans person Joy had found joy. Joy herself studied divinity and was an ordained minister in the Church of Scotland but could not find a parish. She also volunteered helping the sick. She also wrote for the local area's paper and well known and set a good example for LGBT+ people in the media.
When I found myself I found Joy - Joy Wilson
Our aim is also to have a memorial to her in the local area such as a written poster in the local museum for Joy as being a outspoken person for LGBT+ rights. The photo itself is the only I have of my beloved Joy that was left in her house. Please donate to help me as a member of her broad family continue to spread her message of living live true to you and fight for LGBT+ rights with resources for rural areas in Scotland. The area is still tainted with homophobic tendencies, only recently before 2000 a young LGBT+ person was burned alive for being gay. This is kind of issues we need to fight.
The strength, courage and commitment needed to go on day by day, when sometimes seeming impossible is, perhaps, the greatest testament to Joy's life. This story, her story, is now being told. Who knows how many others this story will inspire. How many people will continue to put one foot in front of the other in determination to live their truth? - LS
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