I have been told that I should not discuss my gender identity or sexual orientation if I ever want to succeed in politics. I was terrified to come out and since then I have faced attacks, people telling me that my identity is invalid.

We must break down the systems of oppression that further violence and injustice. We must use our imaginations to plot a course for a world where we are afforded dignity and respect for who we are.

Justice is the foundation of our vision, my team and I have come together around the need for equity and resilience; no one should face the same barriers that we have. Let’s discuss the opportunities that lay before us, let’s start the hard conversations we need in order to grow.

Let’s make our party a truly welcoming space, where anyone can simply be themselves, and soar.

Let’s build our future together.