I am organizing for
Virginia Anti-Violence Project
Just imagine a world where all love is accepted. Where love is celebrated, where love is healthy, where love is always kind.
These past few weeks have been some of the most trying, amazing, exhausting, and exhilirating of my life. I am a parent.
My heart is filled to the brim with love.
When I first met my wife in the summer of 2007, we could barely imagine a future where a marriage between us would be attainable, but just years later our marriage would be nationally recognized. And now, after over two years of trying, we've finally welcomed our little Juniper into our lives. I feel so grateful to have a supportive, healthy, realtionship where we're able to give all this love we have to this incredible, tiny, wiggly newborn.
I have a life filled with kindness and love, but it hasn't always been that way. In my past I was horribly mistreated by the very person who should have treated me with gentleness and love. Instead, she was cruel and violent. No one should have to face a relationship like that...a relationship where they live in fear.
I learned of VAVP by stumbling across their annual performance event Nerve: Stories of Queer Resilience. The performance took my breath away, made me cry, and left me inspired by how hard our queer community has fought against discrimmination and continues to be so resilient in a time where hate against our community is again on the rise.
I want my child to grow up in a better world. I want her to go to school where her teachers and classmates know she has two mommies and it's totally fine, where we can go anywhere in our town as a family and no one bats an eye, where she can live as she chooses and love whomever she chooses. We may be a long way away, but we have seen enormous change in our lifetime and we know we'll see so much more.
I have joined Virginia Anti-Violence Project in an effort to raise funds to support their mission to bring about postitive change. No one should live in fear because of who they are or who they love. VAVP works to end violence against LGBTQ folks, but they do more than that -- they work to build acceptance and connection across communities.
Please help me to fundraise on GiveOUT day for VAVP. Today is the only national day of giving for the LGBTQ+ community. With your help we can we can work together for a better, more inclusive future.