Monday, October 19, 2009

Mondays. Sheesh.

They're so longgggg. And it didn't help that today was hot. :P

Anyways the 'gay youth group' i'm in has really been taking off over the past few weeks.

(Obviously i'm not going to go into much detail, cos i don't want anyone knowing where i live. :P)

Just over a week ago a party was held by an outside 'gay etc. group', and all the funds went directly to my group. About 150 people showed up, and it was $10 (Aus) to get in, so... now we have money. :D

Previously we only had enough to just keep running, and even then, only enough money for a few years. Now with money, we should be able to not only continue running, but really make a difference in the community. One of our projects is to make 'pride packs' or something like that, with resources for people who are coming out or thinking of it or anything similar, with resources and information about support and stuff about our group. So with money that is now possible. :) We're also making banners and redesigning our logo atm.



Also, a journalist and photographer came by today because they're putting an article about us in the paper. The photographer took pictures (well duhh) and then the journalist asked us a lot of questions about... pretty much everything, and he seemed genuinely interested. :)

He asked if anyone had a story they wanted to share, and i said yes, so i briefly recounted to him my coming out experience.

That was quite a brave step for me. There were about a dozen other people from my group in the room that hadn't heard about it before. Oh, let's not forget that this is a journalist! lol. And it's going in the paper that probably tens of thousands of people read. And he's using my first name too, and it isn't exactly a generic name, as some of you know. :P

But yeah it's all good. And no, don't ask to see the article cos then you'll know where i live. :P

11 comments:

WkBoy714 said...

Heh :] I'll be looking out
(I wonder how the newspaper will word you were looking at gay porn :P)

Micky said...

Great news about the money!

And many congrats for having the guts to volunteer to be interviewed about being gay.

I hope it will be OK to have used your real name - but I'm with you that it's a risk which has to be taken if we're to show that we're not ashamed of being gay.

Everyone there would have known if you had not used your real name and that would have said that you weren't comfortable with being gay and wanted to live the lie.

It's excellent that you're OK with being truthful and open about it.

Planetx_123 said...

Awesome! I just donated (and joined) our local gay and lesbian community center. I've yet to actually go to it, but after going to outflix, I really wanted to at least help out financially if I don't have the time to help out with my time. I know they mentioned they had a very successful youth program as well as offering shelter to youths that have been kicked out of their homes. Apparently, this happens quite often, and I think its great there is at least somewhere to go!

That's so cool to be put in the paper! I'd love to read it, but totally understand why you don't want to post it.

Steve

Aek said...

Wow, cool stuff Mboy. It looks like you're brave enough to step out of your comfort zone and do something amazing (not that you can't do something amazing from within your comfort zone). :-P

Hurray for being in the paper! You should read the article and assess it for your own future reference when you become a journalist.

TR said...

Oh yay! Good for you!

Anonymous said...

:o
no comments yet?

i've been reading your blog for quite a while now mirrorboy and i think you're great >_<
maybe you could add me on msn?
gombio@live.com if you want :o

hmm i wonder if you've just posted this or maybe nobody has been commenting on it or something.
i dunno
maybe loads of people have commented and i'm slowly going blind.

maybe i'll talk to you later or something

bye (:

Tyler said...

woot for mboy! :D

Seth said...

a bit of fame... and kudos for not being shy and stepping out into the limelight a bit. I know it's a big thing for you *proud*

Good to hear the group got some much-needed funding too, often a problem. Just a thought - don't let the group get bogged down in simple stuff like new logos (and ffs I hope they are not paying for it) - keep the group focused on the important issues and projects.

*hugs*

cvn70 said...

Mboy

hey this was a very big step indeed and well thousands have already read your story so lets hope it helps some other kids
nd keep on going you are getting stronger

take care and be safe

bob

Landyn said...

Dude thats way cool! MAJOR points for being brave enough to share your story with that journalist. I'm proud of ya :)

I miss you :( I have been online maybe twice in the past 2 weeks, and so it's my fault, but I hope you're hangin in there. From what I've been reading/hearing, you are doin alright :)

Love you lots and hope to catch up in the next few days.

I told you this the first time we ever talked, but I love your first name. (If I have a kid, that's in my top 3 names so far)

Loveeeeeeee youuuuuuuuuu

Handsome Devil said...

I do believe our boy has taken the bull by the horns and is conquering his world and the world at large.. I never cease to be amazed at the human spirit and its ability to progress and grow, and yours is an enviable one, you are doing great, you will do great.. but we knew that all along..cause your AWESOME!
:-)