Joni Madison's Letter 4 Trans Kids

by Joni Madison

There’s no question that this is an unquestionably difficult time to be a transgender or non-binary kid. That’s why Ina Fried, a journalist with Axios, started the campaign #Letters4TransKids.

I have been so moved by the messages I’ve seen as part of this campaign that I wrote a letter myself.

Here is a message for every trans and non-binary kid out there:

Hey kiddo,

Let me start off with this – I’m your biggest fan. I deeply admire your unique story, your self-awareness, and your ability to change your own life and the lives of your family members for the better just by being yourself. I wish I could have been as brave and self-aware as you are when I was your age.

This is why I want you to know that I will always have your back.

I don’t know if you’ve read the news recently, but I am so sorry that some close-minded, powerful people are making it so difficult to be a trans or non-binary kid in the U.S. today. It’s not fair to you, your family, or the people who love you that state legislators across the country are using your identity to run a hate-fueled political campaign. It’s not fair that, in order to play sports, to talk about yourself or your life in school, or to receive the healthcare you and your family know you need, you have to fight even harder than ever before.

That’s why I’m fighting for you.

Because I know the truth about trans and non-binary kids that most people don’t realize – this world needs kids like you to grow up and become bold, brave, and proud adults. So many adults are still so scared of who and what they don’t understand. You are incredible human beings and are teaching many adults what it means to be proud. And I've seen the difference you've made in so many lives. Thank you for teaching us.

We will keep fighting for you and for young trans and non-binary kids in every state to be able to grow up in a world where they are protected, respected, and celebrated.

I am here for you. Keep loving yourself. We’ll make sure the world follows suit.

With so much love,


Joni Madison, HRC Interim President