My heart is exploding.
As many of you know (cuz a fuckton of you amazing babes came out this weekend to support), I just wrapped playing Usnavi in an in concert production of In the Heights to raise funds for Puerto Rico. (which went super well and our final total is TBA!!!) What y'all might not know is that as someone who performs professionally as male, female and gender variant, I've met my fair share of very intense pushback.
Over the years I've worked incredibly hard to open conversation about gender in theatre and to create space and professional opportunities for folx living outside of the gender binary.
Today, I received these messages from the wonderful @en_tze who came to our show on Sunday and needless to say, there were a whole lotta tears.
So to my fellow arts workers, please remember that we have the ability to make social change no matter how insurmountable an obstacle may seem.
To my Latinx family, DIOS MIO SO MANY OF YOU CAME OUT ALONG WITH ALLIES TO HELP PUERTO RICO THIS WEEKEND HAY TANTO AMOR EN ESTA COMUNIDAD NO PIERDAN ESPERANZA ❤
And to my LGBTQ+ community, never give up. You have fought so hard and you are strong. Even on the hardest days, you are powerful and vibrant and loved. SO. DEEPLY. DEEPLY. LOVED.
This message made every second I've spent fighting through every sexist, transphobic and homophobic experience, interaction and slur worth it.
You made me cry like an itty bitty baby. Thank you for standing up for Puerto Rico this weekend.
And thank you for this message. You reminded me that being brave makes a difference and that there is always hope no matter how hard things get.
I can never thank you enough. ❤