Thank you and Thinking of you can never be said too often…The week after Thanksgiving gives us pause to be appreciative for our PFLAG Chestertown Chapter friends and members. We are proud to have had another successful and meaningful Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil on November 20.
Please look at the photographs posted on our website in addition to those found in the Kent County News follow up story. Dorian Mitchell of the KCNews staff did a great job for us with two articles on the subject. Other thanks are certainly due to Kristen, our special guest, and to Barbi B and Pat C for managing the event so beautifully with the helpful staff at the Garfield Center for the Arts.We have the Firstin December happening later this week and will be hosting our simple “open house” from upstairs at Bradley Lake’s office above the Nearly New Shop in Fountain Park in Chestertown, MD.Please stop by to say hello and sign some cards our chapter will be mailing to those in our thoughts recently. One card will be for Kristin Beck who most generously shared her time and amazing life story. A second card will sent to the family of Jacob M., the Washington College student lost to suicide the week before. In a sad way these two “cards” are related to the work of our chapter. Just last week we honored lives lost to violence in our TDOR vigil. In September our chapter held a serious discussion about suicide. Our hope is that this small act of sharing and connection will keep us open to continue to do this work.It is *not hard* to feel the emotional impact of tragic events when we dare to honestly look at these difficult subjects. What is hard is to take the risk and the time to continue to address these subjects in a proactive manner.
Thanks to you all who have worked together to take the time to honor and try to improve our understanding of the complex human condition we share. With understanding we can become less fearful and more hopeful.