Wednesday, June 02, 2010

To the 5 Boroughs...

I have spent the past six days in an incredible city with an amazingly diverse group of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer people.  The University of Minnesota's GLBTA Leadership Institute hit NYC last week for seven days of meetings, workshops, and training with organizations such as The LGBT Community Center, Queens Pride House, The Anti-Violence Project of NYC, The Hetrick Martin Institute, The Lesbian Herstory Archives, and the Sylvia Rivera Pantry, to name a few.  Of personal interest, I got to see the Dakota (John & Yoko's home), Strawberry Fields, Joey Ramone Place, a couple of record shops, and Amy, a dear friend of 20+ years. To say that this experience has been life changing would be an understatement.

Tonight the group handed out safe-sex packets to folks hanging out at the piers, after getting a tour of the historic Christopher Street area. I was then able to spend some time in the Stonewall Inn with my people before calling it an early night and catching the subway back to the hotel.  On the train I reflected over the past 6 days feeling a powerful sense of pride and purpose.

Tomorrow we pack up the bus and head to Philadelphia for a Trans-Health Conference, and on Saturday we travel to Washington, DC.  On Sunday my partner Leo will join me, and on Tuesday we will legally wed in the company of the group that I've been so fortunate to spend the past two weeks with.  Thanks to everyone for the journey (and it ain't over yet!).



jan said...

Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten
From the Battery to the top of Manhattan
Asian, Middle-Eastern and Latin
Black, White, New York you make it happen

Jeff said...

HA Exactly!!