Well, over here on the Creative Antics front, I enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with Andi Lea and her kids. Her home is always a pleasant retreat for me, a loving place where everyone is accepted unconditionally, where I know I am loved just the way I am. I wish for all of you this holiday season someplace like this of your very own. At the risk of repeating myself, I am beyond thankful for my BFF and her family. Being around them, seeing them together, renews my own devotion to fighting for equality for everyone. Because, we need to keep working together to create more places of acceptance for more people around the world.
I'm talking rainbows for all our winter wonderlands here, people. I envision a perfect world might look something like this lovely Rick Chris painting entitled Winter Evening.
So, today I've been contemplating what I can do. Here are a few things I came up with - I can continue to write my stories about characters who struggle to accept themselves and each other. I can continue to blog about LGBTQ issues and our community. But, I know this isn't nearly enough. So, I must continue to stay informed and get involved in other ways, giving my time, money, and, most importantly, my voice. Not simply online. I must continue writing letters and petitioning publicly and politically for change. Perhaps most important of all, I must continue to openly discuss the issues with my friends and family whenever the opportunity arises.
Some of the organizations I will continue to support in the coming year are The Trevor Project, Freedom to Marry, and The NOH8 Campaign. Miss Andi also just suggested another fantastic organization that I'm very excited about called, The Make it Safe Project. It was started by an amazing young girl named Amelia. I plan on giving to this projects in lieu of Christmas gifts this year.
Yes, there are a lot of people out there like the BFF and Amelia, who remind me daily of how great it is to be human, to have community, to be living in a free country in this time of change. This holiday season, I find myself stepping into a winter wonderland of my own making, waving my rainbow flag, feeling hopeful and inspired.