The comment will not be published, as I caught it due to my moderation safeguards, and will not approve it. No one will see it, except the person who wrote it, and me.
I saw it.
I can’t un-see it.
It is horrific both in its venom and in its predictability. And I have to say, even though I knew what to expect, and even though I know who I am, what I am and what I am not, it has shaken me.
It is incredibly confronting to be told so clearly what is thought of you and people you love, as though your life does not matter and your feelings are inconsequential.
This is what awareness gets us. Hatred, discrimination, and bile that should be directed at an intolerant society instead hurled at us one carefully chosen vindictive word at a time.
I won’t settle for it. I will fight it every day until I can see it shift, until I do not worry that my children will have to face it.
I will do what it takes to protect myself, I will toughen up, I will carry on. But I will not let peoples ugly hatred of diversity stop me from speaking about what is right.
One week of April down, three to go.
Solidarity to all my Autistic friends. We deserve better. We will see better.