This past year has brought with it a lot of change – politically, socially and for me personally. Since the election and inauguration of President Trump last year, the LGBTQ community feels threatened and is under assault at many levels, but we persist and continue to be visible and fight for what is right.
On a personal note, I did something I never thought I would do, took a chance and abruptly left a toxic work environment to join the ‘family business’. It was not an easy decision and I would be lying if I told anyone I did not second guess my decision at times, but working with my husband has been gratifying, opening more doors than the dark one I slammed shut and for this I am very thankful.
It has been a challenging year for me personally and for our community, but I remain very optimistic about our destiny and my future. Here’s why I am thankful (in no particular order):
- My Husband & Partner in crime. In all capers big and small, I don’t know what I do without my best friend. And although we have been together nearly 15 years and I can be a pill at times, I look forward to every day with you.
- My Family. I am very lucky to have an open and understanding extended family. Although they live 1,200 miles away and I do not get to see them as much as I would like, they are an unending source of love, support and encouragement.
- My Chosen Family (you know who you are). Friends I consider family are just as important as blood relatives, especially since I get to you more often and not only do you make me laugh, but you are all also great sources of advice and unconditional love.
- Reboot of “Will & Grace” – I didn’t realize how much I missed that sitcom.
- New Friends – the past six months have introduced me to scores of great people in this community I look forward to getting to know better and elevating into the “Chosen Family” category.
- Lidl. Yes, Lidl. A cheap, never-ending source of cheap food, decent wine and amusement at the odd products that come and go.
- 2017 Election results. Proof that justice and karma are on our side. I am thankful that LGBTQ-friendly politicians have our backs from city halls to the state capitol in Richmond.
- My Health – I am very lucky to be healthy and aging somewhat gracefully. I do not take this for granted.
- A Thriving LGBTQ community in an area where I did not think one would exist after living in Washington, D.C. for many years. Although I would like to see greater cooperation amongst leaders of community organizations. Definitely a work in progress.
- No Direct Hits During the 2017 Hurricane Season. Buy flood insurance and enjoy our beaches while we can!
- New Opportunities to learn, thrive and push my boundaries.
- The Naro.
- This picture for a million reasons.
This list is not exhaustive for me. What about you? What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
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