No. I will not be quiet.
No. I will not shut up.
No. I will not go away.
No. I will not accept being patronised.
No. I will not be mansplained to without calling you out.
No. I will not feel shame for something because it makes you uncomfortable.
No. I will not stop calling you out for your unacceptable behaviour.
No. I will not crumble if you call me names.
No. I will not back down when I am standing up for what I believe is right.
No. I will not be told I am wrong because my point of view is not yours.
No. I will not give way in the face of prejudice of any kind.
No. I will not make life easy for you.
No. I will not tolerate your abusive behaviour.
No. I will not stop fighting. Not for one second of one day for as long as I draw breath.
No. I will not be told.
No. I will not believe that what I am doing doesn’t make a difference.
No. I will not stop believing that we are better than this.
No. I will not stop believing that you are better than this and that is why you do not get a free pass.
No. I will not change my activities to make you happy unless you can give me a damn good reason.
No. I will not stop doing things so that you can feel better about your own idleness.
No. I am not naive. I am a brutal realist and yet I still trust the world can be and is good.
No. I will not be appeased by opinion masquerading as fact, nor will I accept, ‘that’s my opinion’ as a reason to not call out bigotry, racism, sexism and just plain fucking ignorance.
No. I will not let you break me.
No. I will not accept isolation or division.
Yes. I will help you if I can and what you are asking of me is not cruel, inhumane, indefensible or incompatible with my beliefs.
Yes. I will work with you regardless of your politics, colour, race, gender, creed and beliefs as long as we are working for the common good, together.
Yes. I will defend your right to have an opinion but I will not allow it to go unchallenged, because that is my right.
Yes. I will keep on keeping on, because what’s the alternative?
Yes. I will march, write, sing, chant, sign, campaign, protest and fund anything that I believe makes the world better for my children.
Yes. I will listen to your views as long as they are respectfully offered.
Yes. I will continue to believe that you are good and I will continue to appeal to the good in you and I will ask you to prove me right.
Yes. I will continue to believe that equality for all is the best thing for everyone.
Yes. I will continue to talk and write about things that you find uncomfortable because until we can speak freely and honestly about what’s real, what chance do we stand.
Yes. I am optimistic that change will come.
Yes. I know that change is already happening.
Yes. I know what we can do.
Yes. I will be your friend.
Yes. I will care about you.
Yes. I will love you.
Yes. I will hold your hand and walk beside you.
Yes. I will treat you as I wish to be treated.
Yes. I will continue to hope.