Cancer claims trans role model and advocate Andrew Cray

Rest In Peace


andrew crayLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — A post Thursday on Andrew Cray’s Facebook page brought the news that he passed away following an apparent second bout with cancer. By all accounts Cray was a selfless and tireless advocate for trans people and for many, the news was quite shocking, especially considering he was only 28.

Cray was most recently with American Progress as a Policy Analyst working to get the Affordable Care Act implemented by the states.  Prior to that, he worked for the National Center for Transgender Equality on trans and LGBT health policies. At the National Coalition for LGBT Health, he worked to ensure the health needs of LGBT veterans were met.

Sarah McBride in Facebook:

“He had a warm heart up until the end, always putting the feelings and needs of others ahead of his own. He contributed more in his 28 years than most would ever…

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Helpinghand web



1.having concern for or helping to improve the welfare and happiness of people.

2.of or pertaining to ethical or theological humanitarianism.

3.pertaining to the saving of human lives or to the alleviation of suffering:a humanitarian crisis.


4.a person actively engaged in promoting human welfare and social reforms, as a philanthropist.

5.a person who professes ethical or theological humanitarianism.



Never Doubt


What Does it Mean to be a Humanitarian?

What is that genuine purpose you wake up for in the morning? Is it because the alarm you set has gone off and you have to head to school, work or an appointment? Is it simply because your biological clock has ticked its last mark, and you are up to start your day off, with not a worry in the world, or is it because you know that somewhere out there, someone needs to be helped or saved and doing nothing will not get anything solved and you know that something has to be done. It takes a lot for someone to care and become devoted for a stranger’s well being, but that is one of the rarest, beautiful things about being human – you understand struggle, pain, enlightenment and even fear. Human decency is not lost as young men, women and children are marked by humanistic values into helping others find some sort of happiness by giving a hand of hope and strength in their lives.

Humanitarians are not just born; they are created for those soul purposes of promoting human welfare. They are about promoting the ideas of people in general and how social reforms in the state of changing the normal behavioral patterns of a society and region into doing well or aiding in the form of money or necessities for those in exigency. A simple action of donating money to a charity or cause that you firmly believe in is always good enough. The notion of not giving or frankly not caring is never measured by how much you have spent or time you put into that reform, but just the thought of you doing and taking part in something in remembrance or an act of kindness, will go a long way in someone’s eyes.

As a humanitarian, you are not looking for easy steps to take or glorifying rewards at the end of the day. The main goal is to achieve the reward of making someone’s life better than what it already is. Humanitarians find memorable marks to leave on people’s hearts that have shattered, as well as hearts that no longer have had hope. It takes the heart of a lion to immerse themselves in terrible situations and conditions to help those in need. It does not hurt to be involved with the world around you. Do something nice be kind and fragile to people, for everyday they are fighting for something and we as humans should not deprive people of hope, especially if that is all they have.

Humanitarians are courageous and admirable souls who should not be forgotten. They lived, they loved, they did and done. Consuming less and creating more while making a difference, what exactly does that mean, and what exactly could you do, to make that change in someone’s life? Well, for one: be optimistic; always be optimistic to the best of your abilities. Making people life’s less stressful and more meaningful, means consuming less negativity and creating differences and changing someone aspect of kindness in the most wondrous of ways. Give your all, have no regrets and most importantly do your best, at the end of the day, you brought someone happiness.



How To Be A Humanitarian

(From wikiHow)

Being a humanitarian does not necessarily involve getting on the next plane to a third world country, hugging children, and perpetuating the typical Western “good-doer” stereotype. In fact, humanitarianism is a rich tradition that encompasses a variety of political, social, and economic activities appealing to the full spectrum of humanity.

1 Educate yourself. A popular misconception is that humanitarians are extremely supportive of the United Nations. In actual fact, not all humanitarians actually support the UN. However, this does not mean that several documents drafted by the United Nations (although seldom enforced) lose all relevance; often the problem rests with the institutions tasked with delivering decent outcomes rather than the well-intentioned statements. That being said, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is an invaluable document that should be read by all humanitarians. Find out as much as you can (just typing humanitarianism into an online search engine brings up a wide array of sources). See citations for some humanitarian websites.

2 Select your area. Humanitarianism is a wide field, so it is wise to choose which aspect interests you most, whether it be social entrepreneurship or raising awareness about humanitarian disasters. Publicize the necessity for a more humanitarian, just, and cooperative global order.

3 Be socially responsible. Promote humanitarianism and loyalty to the human species in your local community, educate the public, speak at rallies and events. No individual person exists in isolation because existence is a cohesive conglomerate of energy. Global technological systems of communication and transportation and an empathetic biological infrastructure all foster the notion that humanity is an interconnected family whose survival and well-being it is essential to ensure.

4 Familiarize yourself with humanitarian symbols and the roles of humanitarian organizations. If you find it useful, join a non-governmental organization or start one yourself. Volunteer online and reach out to other organizations promoting the progress of humanity.

5 Get skilled. If you don’t have a skill or a hobby, it’s important to both yourself and your convictions that you adopt one. You can be creative and blend your personal interests with your humanitarian beliefs and combine them to create effective advocacy. Start with reading very widely; the more you read and understand, the better, and the more likely that you will form your own wonderful blend of ideas and solutions to humanitarian crises.