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Posted by david_m94@hotmail.com on November 12, 2017 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)
Greetings and welcome to our new blog pages,

As the President and Founder of the largest grassroots statewide LGBT organization in Pennsylvania, I am happy to be able to offer my thoughts here on our blog pages again. We are gladly and proudly accepting input from our supporters, and are seeking guest blog writers. If you would like to join us, please submit your comments to paequality@hotmail.com.

The sentence beginning with "I am..." is a powerful one. It defines our character and our identity. It says to the world who you are as an individual. How you end that sentence is entirely up to you. No one else can end that sentence for you, other than you. I posted this very question on my personal page, and a few people ended it with "gay." That's a perfectly fine answer, but it was far from the only answer. One person wrote "complicated, and not easily defined."

That last sentiment is true for many of us. I choose to complete that sentence, not with a word, but with a string of thoughts. I would turn that sentence into a paragraph. My choice for defining myself is this.

I am a teacher, who cares deeply about his students. I am a gay man, but I am married to a woman and have two grown sons. I am proud of my accomplishments, and regret my mistakes. I am a lifelong learner, who never stops reading, writing, and thinking daily. I am happy about my family, and am grateful for every day I have with them. I am a Democrat, but I am willing to listen to opposing views, and respect the people who espouse them. I am accepting of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and who do not fit into any of these categories. I am aware of the privilege I have for being a white male, and I know that I have to do a better job listening to people of color and allowing them space and time to express their needs and bringing to light the forces fighting against them. I am grateful to live in a nation that allows me the freedom to live my life as I see fit, and thankful for the military men and women who defend those rights. I am grateful for the veterans who served their time in our military and have defended my rights. I am aware that I need to be a better, more thoughtful listener. I am a cancer fighter and survivor, and will be until I die. I am alive and I am happy.

How you define yourself is up to you. I hope you include being a supporter of the ideals for which Pennsylvania Equality Project is fighting. Welcome to our new blog space. Define this space as you see fit, and please join in the conversation. Tell us who you are, and who you want our organization to become. Comments welcome.

In Solidarity,
David