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Endeavoring to define myself outside of a "job title." I'm a nomad of sorts who fell in love with technology, activism, and helping others. I run a web & media consulting firm, have a blog specifically for activists & non-profits, and travel often. I love talking about theology, politics, and social change. I love doing something about it even more. I also like to be a well-rounded and fully present person. That's why I write here. Connect with me on twitter

Friday, January 05, 2007

Training in Austin

A van picked me, and a handful of other Equality Riders, up from the Austin, TX airport and transported us to the Best Western that will be our home for the next week. As the afternoon turned into evening the rest of the riders trickled--and sometimes flooded-- in. Presented with all of these new faces, the only option was clearly a meet-and-greet icebreaker. Yes, they are cheesy; but after being subjected to them twice daily, I have to admit they work.

One of my roommates for training is Matt Kulish (pictured here with the lovely Amy Scott), who you will recognize from the Equality Ride preview if you did your homework and watched it. Rooming with him gives me a different perspective on this whole endeavor. For my entire life I have either lived in the DC-Metropolitan suburbs or the heart of Los Angeles. The worst discrimination GLBT people receive is a passing joke. I joined this ride because I knew it was the right thing to do, but after talking with Matt and others like him, I now know it's the only thing to do. It's so much more serious now (while still being very fun, don't get me wrong). This training is providing me a perspective of the community that I had never seen before. A dark and gritty side. A side where suicide and depression are real problems, where homophobia means excommunication not just a snide comment. In some cerebral way I have always known the discrimination against GLBT people is still an issue, but that Matt is the first person I have ever met to face discrimination for being GLBT makes realize just how blessed I have been in life. Hopefully by the end of April the world will be a little bit better.

For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.
Luke 12:48

4 comments:

Matt Hill Comer said...

This training is providing me a perspective of the community that I had never seen before. A dark and gritty side. A side where suicide and depression are real problems, where homophobia means excommunication not just a snide comment. In some cerebral way I have always known the discrimination against GLBT people is still an issue, but that Matt is the first person I have ever met to face discrimination for being GLBT makes realize just how blessed I have been in life.

So absolutely true and I can totally relate. Sure, I grew up in a Baptist home and church in the South, but look what I did... I came out at 14 and did all this stuff and... yeah... my life has surely been blessed when you put it into comparison and in perspective.

By the way... I love the site design! :)

Matt Hill Comer said...

PS - I added you to the Equality Ride Bloggers page on my site. I also put your site feed into the RSS Headline thingy.

If you want to put that in your sidebar (if you can) the code is on the Equality Ride Bloggers page. Thanks for the link to my site, too (that is, of course, how I found yours (website traffic tracking tools are the bomb!)).

Brian said...

Thanks for the comment, compliment, and RSS add. I am (or was) still tinkering with everything before letting the world know about it but I guess you found it already!

Matt Hill Comer said...

I find everything... I'm sneaky like that. The internet is my playground! lol

BTW... I responded back over at my place, on the Newbies post. You were on vacation. Good excuse... you're off the hook... the others aren't, lol.

 
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