Author: Brandy Brooks

Free to Be You and Me

I wanted to share a brief post about #NationalComingOutDay, which was yesterday. Many of my friends shared stories on their social media about their experiences of coming out and of wrestling with how to live into their gender and sexual identities in a world that doesn’t tend to support difference, fluidity, or authenticity. I want to honor and thank my friends and all those who have come before them, for their courage in defying convention when it comes to who we can love and who we can be. Your boldness gives all of us room to acknowledge the truth about gender and sexuality: that trying to fit into predetermined sexuality and gender boxes hurts all of us.

Yesterday, I shared a post for #DayofTheGirl about my niece London. She is a smart, spirited little girl. One of my biggest fears for her is that people will try to squash her natural energy and beauty by telling her she’s too loud or too disruptive or too opinionated or too daring. The conventional gender box for “feminine” doesn’t include being a powerful, whip-smart woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to say it and go after it. My nephew Lawrence is a stellar athlete – and also a quiet, sweet, sensitive and thoughtful man. I never want him to feel like he has to give up those qualities to prove that he’s someone else’s version of “masculine.”

National Coming Out Day matters to me as a cisgender, heterosexual woman because it’s about my liberation, too. I want and need the freedom to love who I want and to be who I am, and it is a daily struggle to fight for that space. So I stand in solidarity with my LGBTQIA+ friends, colleagues, and neighbors who are putting their hearts and minds and bodies on the line for equality and justice – because we win together, or not at all.

This little girl can do anything she sets her mind to.

I get to spend time every day with my niece, London. She’s an explorer and adventurer – curious about everything, and never walking if she can run, jump, or dance. As London grows, I want her to always know that being a girl means she can be both powerful and vulnerable; that being feminine includes both princess dresses and the X-Games; and that whether she wants to be a scientist, a parent, the President, or all of the above, being a girl is not a weakness, but an asset.

To London, to the women of my campaign team, to the women of Montgomery County, and to all of the fabulous womxn in my life: YOU GO, GIRL! #DayofTheGirl #whoruntheworld

It’s Official!

It’s Official!

Today is an important milestone. I filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections as a candidate for Montgomery County Council At-Large!

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for your support of my campaign. Thank you for believing in a new vision for Montgomery County that is rooted in building a progressive movement.

Stay Tuned!

We will launch our new campaign website and a number of community events. In the meantime, I ask you to do three things:

I’m so excited that you’re part of this campaign! Thank you again for your support and I look forward to sharing more news as we build our movement.

Sincerely,

Brandy H.M. Brooks
A Progressive Candidate for a People-Powered Democracy
Brandy for Montgomery County