15 Wishes From BSA For 2020. No. 8: Be Who You Are

We’re finishing the decade and we’re completing the year. More importantly, you are still here. And so is our holiday tradition of BSA wishes for the new year.

Certainly there is much work to be done, and we believe that art and the creative spirit can heal our people, our cities, our nations, our planet. May we all look toward 2020 with a clear vision.

At BSA our hearts are full and our minds are untroubled as we look confidently toward these new days- with hopes and wishes for the New Year – and a daily image that inspired us in 2019.


Be Who You Are

2019 photo © Jaime Rojo

Our 8th wish to you for 2020 is to be who you are, wherever you are.

Martin Luther King Jr. said “no one is free until we are all free.”

We know that many BSA fans and readers are not free to live a full open unapologetic life in their communities, whether they are gay or trans or black or female or disabled or any number of categories that a dominant culture uses to hurt people.

We want you to know that we do believe in you, just the way you are.  

On the verge of a new century twenty years ago in 1999, Brooklyn rapper Nas (Yasiin Bey) sang;

“My elders said shine your light on the world,
Shine your light for the world to see.”