Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Rain Bow, A Wounded Arrow, and Vera

Trigger/Content Warning (TW/CW): the following blog post contains mentions of the murder of a native two-spirit transwoman.  Reader discretion is advised.

A flame was extinguished in the new year.

Someone, or something, or both, took out the flame of one Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, a 28-year old woman who was bright as the sun and who shined more brilliantly than any precious jewel ever discovered.

I had the pleasure of connecting with Ms. Wounded Arrow via a private Facebook group in 2015.  Her posts were a reflection of what she wanted her life to be; strong, courageous, talented, inspiring, beautiful, and most importantly, loved. 

It was through her posts that helped give me strength to continue this bellend of a blog.

It was through her posts that she shared the heartache of her beloved Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, how she missed her parents dearly even though they still reside in the reservation, and her decision to leave her homeland for a better life.

It was through her posts that allowed her friends to witness the daily struggles of living, both as a native two-spirit transwoman, and a recovering alcoholic.  Her bravery to showcase what was behind the proverbial curtain in her life was nothing short of amazing.

Jamie was a beautiful person, inside and out.  Seriously.  She rocked the most gorgeous natural look of about 98% of humans I ever came into contact with, online or offline.  Jamie's ability to be there for you was second to none.

And these are all of my observations and interactions with Jamie online, never getting the opportunity to meet her in person.

Thank you for being a guiding light in my life, Jamie.  May your beloved memory forever be a blessing.  And may justice come swiftly to those who dared to extinguish your flame.  You are so loved and will be so missed.

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