So much happened in 2019! It was a very clarifying year.
First, I got engaged to my Dan. That has to be said because it is a miracle and a dream come true. I love you, Dan.
Along with our regular blog posts and online communities growing quickly, here are some other important moments from the year:
- We also appeared in the life-affirming/saving documentary, For They Know Not What They Do. Attended Orlando Premieres of For They Know Not What They Do and sat on the film Q&A panels for each.
- We Started a ThriveCast (which we will revive Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020, at 7:30 pm. Went to Orlando Come Out With Pride in October
- We also helped get conversion therapy on the radar to ban it to minors here in Orange County. We also had the opportunity to go to Tallahassee, and I shared my experience having been in the ex-gay/conversion therapy world why lawmakers should support new legislation to ban conversion therapy here in Florida statewide.
- We also appeared in over 20 interviews spanning local television and print news outlets across Florida, to NBC, BBC Newshour, and The Daily Beast.
Then right before Christmas, Thrive was accepted as a member Organization into the One Orlando Alliance (OOA). The OOA Vision & Promise is:
Central Florida serves as the model of nonprofits, businesses, philanthropies and government institutions working together to create a safe, welcoming and inclusive community for all LGBTQ+ people.OOA Vision
One Orlando Alliance is a vital support network for LGBTQ+ organizations in Central Florida. We lower barriers, provide critical communication, and promote effective, influential, and sustainable opportunities for transforming the culture of the region. We understand transformative change in attitudes and behaviors begins with an unwavering commitment to bettering the welfare of all. We will achieve this by fostering a deep respect for one another and ensuring inclusiveness within our diverse population.OOA Promise
In 2020 we plan to do much more of the same and hopefully expand to an offline confidential meeting/group for people to gather in friendship and support. We are also going to be in another documentary as a featured story called Pray Away, which will premiere before summer. Filming on it wrapped late 2019.
In a nutshell, the clear takeaway is that Thrive LGBT+ has found its voice and taken our place within our community. We have stepped up and will keep speaking out to end religious stigma against LGBTQ+ people. We will continue speaking out for equality and the right for every LGBTQ+ person to not just live in peace and a safe community, but to thrive and flourish in life.
Thank you very much for your love, friendship, support, encouragement, and dedication. *You* are the reason we do this, and we celebrate the treasure you are. Thank you for helping us reach others with truth, love, and affirmation.