Something in the New Year

As 2007 winds down and I reflect on my year, I have a lot to be
thankful for.  I am thankful for my girlfriend and our life
together.  I am thankful for my good health and that of my family
and friends.  I am thankful I got a job at Family Equality
Council; it is truly a privilege to come to work everyday, effect
change & lives, and do work that benefits me directly.

I also have hopes for what 2008 includes.  I hope we continue to
stay healthy and safe (my girlfriend is a police officer).  I hope
we get married without too much drama and can start planning for a
baby.  I also hope Arkansas doesn’t pass their proposed adoption
ban that would prohibit cohabiting adults from adopting or
fostering children.  I also hope Huckabee’s momentum doesn’t
continue to build and he isn’t the nominee.  I can’t endure
another eight years of horrible policies or attacks on us and our

I am optimistic though, in ways I haven’t been in over a
decade.  2008 feels like a big year.  There is a lot of potential
to be harnessed, but that means we have to do something to help
make those changes.  We can defeat hateful ballot questions and
squash pieces of anti-lgbt legislation AND elect candidates that
are in favor of us being treated equally…we just have to do
something.  I am trying to figure out what that ‘something’ is
for me, but it is going to be something!

Join me in the new year in doing something to help continuing
taking steps to make the world a better place for everyone.  Like
Margaret Mead says, “Never doubt that a small group of committed
citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that
ever does.”

Take advantage of the newness!  Happy New Year to you and yours!