What a weird whirlwind 2022 was. The Gaymber wasn’t immune to the whirlwind by any means, but I daresay ours was a little more colorful (and certainly more glittery) than others. It was a good year, finding our groove with in-person breakfasts again, growing our membership by over 30%, and increasing our social reach by leaps and bounds.
Our hearts break for our LGBTQIA+ family in Colorado Springs and their family and friends.
We’re supposed to be promoting our holiday gay-la with maximum effort right now, but so soon after a despicable hate crime we just can’t bring ourselves to.
As the head of the Branding/Digital/Social Media Committee (the BDSM Committee for short), I wanted to take this month’s newsletter to give you some insight into how I approach the social channels I manage and why. Take all of this with a grain of salt because I’m operating on lived experience alone – no professional training here, just an abundance of opinions and intuition. View all this advice through the lens of your own lived experience, and the authenticity that comes out the other side will certainly benefit your social presence, if you let it.
Today is Trangender Day Of Visibility. It is usually a day for celebration, but at the moment I am not feeling very celebratory.
According to an in-depth study by the Williams Institute of UCLA, LGBTQIA+ people reported experiencing homelessness or housing instability at a rate that is twice that of the general population. Additionally, they found that most of the respondents in their study experienced this for the first time in their life as adults. Unfortunately, adult housing instability in our community receives far less attention than youth homelessness does.