A Poem

Pinocchio

Much like Pinocchio
I wanted to feel
Flesh on bone
I wanted to jump up and down
Rejoice in my skin
My longing always
“To be a real boy”
Match skin to skin
My soul to soul
Unbearable
Each lie
In the mirror
I see
Right in front of my nose
The lies grew
And my truth became too distant
“A real boy is all I ask”
My strings were pulled
Controlled by
The dichotomy of my life
And who has say
Then my wish became to be free
From the layers
Defined through circles
Representing years
And how they cut right through me
There were no strings
Each year setting myself free
Yet still
I was not free
I wasn’t entirely me
Putting the puzzle together
Piece by piece
Not wanting to imagine
What I will see when complete
Cuz
What it said on the outside didn’t quite match what’s within
And what do you do with all that
Love…
I still
Longed to be
“A real boy”
Can’t you see
How
Much like Pinocchio
I wanted to feel
Flesh on bone
With no strings
And not a clone

– Justice Roe Williams

Happy 2014 from BodyImage4Justice!

All of us at BodyImage4Justice wish you a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year! ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Bonne Année et Bonne Santé!

In our first 5 months, we have accomplished a lot with the help of our friends, partners, sponsors, volunteers, and community. We appreciate your ongoing interest in and support of our programs and events, and we look forward to a fantastic year in 2014! We couldn’t do what we do without you! Stay tuned for some exciting announcements and great events for the transgender community in the coming months…

All the best,

Your Friends at BodyImage4Justice

Happy New Year!

“Supporting Our Child’s Transition” a Success!

BodyImage4Justice would like to thank all the people who came out to Harvard University on Wednesday, December 4th for our panel discussion, “Supporting Our Child’s Transition”. We’d also like to thank the families who served as our amazing panelists, moderator Corey Yarbrough, our wonderful friends and supporters from the Livingston Pangburn Transgender Access Partnership, and our co-sponsors: the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, and Greater Boston PFLAG.

We appreciate everyone’s participation and support in making this event happen! Please visit our YouTube channel to view short video clips of the panel discussion.

BI4J Joins EPIC for a day of service with Boston Serve

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”
― Audre Lorde, Our Dead Behind Us: Poems


BodyImage4Justice is proud to join EPIC and Triangle, Inc. during Boston Serve 2013 at English High School in Jamaica Plain. These young people show the world that disability is simply a difference, not an Otherness. Disability is not inability–we must live differently in our bodies, and we must live our truths.

Through community service, the young leaders of EPIC have shown not only a sense of community responsibility that many others don’t have, but also the courage to speak when others are silent, the strength to be seen when others have ignored, and the ability to share their lives in a culture that often turns its back and closes its eyes to people with disabilities.

We are grateful to share this time with EPIC while doing our part in community service. We look forward to more collaborations to come!

Below: Justice Roe Williams of BodyImage4Justice speaks with Pat from EPIC at Boston Serve.

Introducing BI4J’s Gym Scholarship Program

BodyImage4Justice is proud to announce our Gym Scholarship Program for low-income transgender and genderqueer people in the Boston, MA area. This program is designed to support our community members in achieving their health, fitness, and body image goals by providing financial assistance towards gym membership and consultations with a personal trainer. The program is funded by the proceeds from BI4J raffles and the generous contributions of our business sponsors, partner organizations, and friends in the Boston area LGBTQ community.

Please visit our Gym Scholarship Program page for more details and links to the scholarship application form.