I've worked and volunteered for multiple social service agencies committed to social justice, empowerment, and improving the quality of life for marginalized peoples. I am also a grad student who is studying to one day operate a social service agency like those I have worked for.
I am participating because I understand the damaging affects of labeling one another has on our community. These labels are devised in order to separate us and keep us from reaching social equity. In my opinion, the purpose of life is to seek happiness, improve the world around you, and in doing so connecting with others. Labeling each other to highlight our differences and demonizing our adversaries not only marginalizes groups and closes our own minds, but is inhumane. I'm not perfect, I'm not always right, but I'm trying. And it's not because of my labels that I am imperfect, it's because I'm only human.