People come into our lives at just the time they are meant to – for all the reasons that I may never understand. Fate, circumstance and just the damn breeze blowing in a certain direction can change the course of our lives – especially when we are not paying attention.
About three years ago I noticed this really cool logo that caught my eye – I don’t remember when or where – but I saw it and I liked it. I went and did what every obnoxiously curious person does and I Googled the blue square with the yellow equal sign to see what the hell it meant. It belonged to some organization known as The Human Rights Campaign. The name was enough to grab a hold of my bleeding heart and point me in a direction that would forever change me – change me for the better.
It all seems like a blur to me now – not really sure how I met Curtis – but I did. He did a lot of work for HRC and I thought it was time in my life that I started giving back and fighting for something bigger than my bad ass self. He and I hit it off – we laughed and volunteered and discussed possibilities for a world built on equality and human dignity rather than this world we are currently dealing with. He introduced me to people and I passed out propaganda at neighborhood festivals and stuffed envelopes in back rooms with lots of other dreamers. I met a couple of rocking cool chicks who became important friends and were more influential than they will ever know in bringing me into this community that I love so much.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC continues to strive to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and ultimately have a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. That’s a pretty damn big calling card – but the rewards, when achieved, will be well worth the time and effort all of us day dream believers put into it.
HRC will be hosting the 2011 Chicago Dinner Gala on November 12, 2011 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park. This is a big time black tie event with famous faces, a large private auction and the chance to perhaps be a part of a night that just might, through money donated and strong voices raised, change the world that we live in.
To learn more about this event please visit hrcchicago.com. If you are interested in volunteer work with HRC you can email email@example.com.
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About K. Guzman
Kathy grew up all over the US - lots of east coast time. She is a surfer girl with an unabridged curiosity. A woman whose mid life awakening continues to bring her to the place she was meant to be. Her degree in Journalism/Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida is being yanked from the archives and put to good use. Her two kids are grown and rock stars in this wild world – her Harley is ready for some serious summer miles – and her heart remains open to life, women and the possibilities each day brings.