June Is Pride Month!!

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    DeeAnn Hopings
    Ambassador

    It is always a bit difficult for me to get into the mood of Pride Month. It has nothing to do with the concept itself. It has everything to do with the fact that our weekend for Palm Springs Pride is the first weekend of November. However, as Volunteer Coordinator, rest assured that the work and planning processes are already underway.

    Our collective motivations are all over the place. Some come for the parties. Some come for the sense of community. Some come for the entertainment. Some come just to have a beautiful day in the sun and see what all is going on. In other words, something for everyone.

    Since I have organizing work to do over the weekend, I usually don’t get to see as much as I would like. That’s OK because I feel that there is a higher purpose. For the first 2 years that I participated, I did information tables for the trans organization where I was a board member. I was always so impressed when people would seek us out to ask how they could support their child, a relative, a friend or a co-worker. Sometimes parents would come with their kids. Also, trans people would stop by to ask what resources were available for mental health services, medical services, employment or housing. I tend to bounce back and forth between introvert and extrovert. After 4 or 5 hours of these discussions, I would be exhausted but to paraphrase the late Congressman John Lewis, it was “Good Exhaustion”. That was Saturday and we’d get up on Sunday and do it all over again.

    In 2018 I was asked to join the Pride team and I have been doing that ever since. I don’t have as much personal contact as I used to, but that’s OK. 2 thoughts come to mind:

    • Virtually everyone that I come in contact with is so happy to be there, participate and enjoy the sights and sounds of all that is happening. It’s like there is an afterglow that lasts well beyond the 1st weekend of November.
    • It empowers me to know that my being out is a data point for those who cannot be out due to family, marriage or employment related consequences. We have to respect the choices that people make because we are looking from the outside, in. When you are on the inside looking out, the perspective is likely very different.

    In 2017 I had the experience of riding in our Pride Parade. I had never ridden in any parade before. The organization where I was a board member was chosen as the Organization of the Year and I was asked to represent. Such a fantastic feeling to see and hear all the people cheering and waving! Last year I submitted the photo to LGBTQ Nation for their Pride in Pictures series and it was accepted:

    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/06/pride-pictures-first-parade/

    So, please tell us about your thoughts and experiences related to Pride!

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    • #131413

      Hi DeeAnn, I am the Trans Ambassador for Pride month where I work at the security desk of a British Columbia Government Ministry building. One of the tenants in our building is BC Parks, and they put Pride Flags, banners and buttons out to the public and to all BC Government employees. I will be going with some of my workmates to several Pride events throughout the rest of the month.

      hugs,

      Lauren M

      • #131414
        DeeAnn Hopings
        AMBASSADOR

        So, on a personal level, what does this for you? How do you feel?

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        • #131415

          Hi again DeeAnn, feels really good to get connected with the community, I’ve been invited to so many more events since I transitioned, it’s funny, I’ve never been so popular!  🙂

          hugs,  Lauren M

          • #131418
            DeeAnn Hopings
            AMBASSADOR

            Yes, I’ve noticed that also. In the speech that I posted here, I mentioned that I felt embraced by the women’s community here. It may not be “one of the girls” status, but whatever it is, I am OK with it. Perhaps the lesbians are coming to the conclusion that I am “with” them. Time will tell I guess.

            I like to have variety in my life. For some reason it is very important to me. I have an extensive wardrobe. I routinely have 7-8 varieties of coffee in the house and hardware to brew by 4 different methods. I’ve spent time in 10 different countries and worked with people from 16 countries. I have enjoyed that and it has continually shown me that we are more alike than we are different. What I’ve found is that there is such a richness in the women’s community here. I’ve met women who are small business owners, an accountant, an award winning TV investigative reporter, teachers, therapists, IT professionals, a retired police officer, chefs, a retired Naval officer, a nurse and assisted living administrator, a packaging designer for consumer products, a minister, a noted artist, a comedian, retired college professors, a retired Air Force videographer, a retired hospital administrator, real estate agents and an insurance agent. There are probably others, but these are the ones that come to mind quickly. In parallel, they  also include many significant accomplishments. There’s a song from the film, Funny Lady, that is titled How Lucky Can You Get? That sums it up for me…

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    • #131408

      I missed out  going  this  but hopefully  next  year  will  be better

    • #131400

      I look forward to one day feeling comfortable participating. Maybe next year.

      • #131401
        DeeAnn Hopings
        AMBASSADOR

        What is the hurdle that you have to clear? I know that there can be many, but I was curious about how it sits for you?

    • #131215
      Michelle Lawson
      MANAGING AMBASSADOR

      DeeAnn, that is fantastic. I can only imagine how much effort that must take. In my mind, that is going above and beyond, and I’m sure you are very appreciated for it. Hugs, Michelle

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      • #131265
        DeeAnn Hopings
        AMBASSADOR

        Thanks!

        I hope that we can hear what others feel and are doing for Pride Month. I have a suspicion that a number of trans folks feel that Pride isn’t for them or they may not be welcome. But, specifically, that is not my experience…

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