This week has seen several opportunities to celebrate life.
This past week, one of my co-workers passed away from a disease that you all know hs touched my family – cancer. He was diagnosed back in January with a very rare and aggressive form of this awful disease. In just 10 short weeks, he was gone. This was someone I very much admired and drew strength from, and in a lot of ways we are very much alike. We both love helping people, and very rarely will the phrase “I can’t help.” be said. The funeral was Thursday and it was one of the more beautiful celebrations of life I have ever been to. The hardest part was watching the video that he made right before he passed saying his final goodbyes.
This week also saw a more positive side as my documentary, “Queer Knitter in the Queen City”, was screened at the Gay Charlotte Film Festival! It was shown three times, and everyone has been so gracious with their comments. It always tickles me what parts of the film that people respond to, or what they identify with. There are certain parts that always get a laugh, but what means the most to me is when people share their stories of either taking care of family, to finding a creative outlet such as knitting or other hobby. One movie that I was thrilled to see was “To Be Takai”, – the story of George Takai. If you have not seen this little gem, find a copy and watch. It is truly a terriffic story. Lana even made it out to the flim festival yesterday! Here she is with the wonderful Richard Grimstad from Charlotte Pride.
The last movie that I saw was “Boy Meets Girl” – a film by Eric Schaeffer. This movie was awesome! It stars transgender actress Michelle Hendley (http://www.michellehendley.com/), Michael Welch (http://www.michaelwelchact.com/) and Alexandra Turshen (http://www.alexandraturshen.com/). These three were brilliantly cast for this film, and truly makes me want to find a love like the one depicted in this story. This film stays true to its main story – the importance of living a courageous life and do not let fear stand in the way of going after your dreams.
Earlier in the week, I had the wonderful honor of hosting an event for the Charlotte LGBT Archive Project. Talk about a trip down memory lane! I was skinny and had hair! It was wonderful to recall when I first started getting active in the LGBT community with OutCharlotte and the Community Center Project. Some people I am very much still in touch with, and as friendships sometimes do, some have faded away.
Until next time…