Adrian-Xavier Scott (they/them/theirs) is a Black, formerly homeless, transgender, autistic, and disabled person in recovery. They reside in the unceded land of the Kumeyaay Nation known as San Diego, CA where they are a radical community advocate dedicated to increasing access to resources for the most marginalized community members – primarily QTBIPOC youth and elders. Adrian-Xavier takes a holistic and direct approach to both individual and community wellness, which is informed by their own lived experience and guided by the principles of transformative justice and healing justice. With their commitment to their own personal growth and healing, Adrian-Xavier leads by example of what community involved care looks like and can achieve when you give those most marginalized a helping hand and a chance to shine.
Tell us – what excites you about your work?
The most exciting part of what I do is finding new ways to be of service to my community. Watching my small network grow in new directions to aid those with fewer connections find the help or services they need to feel affirmed. I just love giving back because so much has been given to me.
The most rewarding part of the service work I do is the outcome. Whether it’s helping someone sign up for housing, being there in times of crisis, or just being the older trans sibling to talk to when I get feedback that what I’ve done, the time I spent helping someone struggling to help themselves or to find a solution to some minor problem is what kept them going, that’s really all I need. Just to see someone not have to struggle as hard as the world wants us to.
I dedicate my service to who I was 10 years ago. Struggling, addicted, homeless, SW desperately trying to find some inner peace and community that sees me for who I really am and what I really need. I dedicate my service to those still in that state of being. In recovery, we say “We’ll love you until you love yourself.” I never want anyone to think they can’t be loved because of their jagged edges. This is my way of giving back the love we all deserve.
Who inspires me the most are the youth. I look to them for constant motivation. I see so many of them coming into who they are with such fierce power I didn’t find at their ages and it amazes me their ability to truly own themselves, their identities. Interacting with young QTI-BIPoC fills me with an intense feeling of gratitude for the journey I’ve made and who I aim to become.
Sometimes wellness is quiet. Sometimes it’s finding peace within yourself. But sometimes wellness is a scream, a disruption of the status quo. A ‘fuck your expectations’ because we deserve way more than some box to be placed in. I’ve learned quite a bit about boundaries in the last few years. I wasn’t always aware that I was allowed to have them. Use them. As I’ve gotten older and more aligned in myself and my surroundings, I never take my boundaries for granted. I dole them out with ease now and have no regrets either.
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