You may have staggered across this blog series and said…”What. The. Heck?” AND that’s fine. My only hope is you further explore the “What the heck” comment invoked by this blog. You have seen people posting on all these different topics and scratched your head. So here is why we do what we do…
I lost a very dear friend in February of this year. She had a massive heart attack at a domestic violence fundraiser I was hosting and had organized. Her name was Ashley Monroe. The world lost a hero in the wee hours of February 9th. My world will never be the same. I can’t even begin to explain to you the kind of person she was. It would take way too much time and break my heart all over again. Let’s sum it up and say if she were a star in the sky she’d be the sun.
Ashley and I had decided we wanted to start a homeless shelter for LGBT youth. Then we decided no let’s welcome all youth because no child should be homeless and afraid. There it began. We started planning and plotting and thinking about ways we wanted to get things going. Then I lost Ashley. She had a massive heart attack. Myself and another friend of hers worked tirelessly to resuscitate her after the heart attack until the paramedics arrived but all of us were unsuccessful and she died shortly after arriving at the hospital. I was instantly lost. I gave up hope on my dream of helping children. Ashley was gone and I was again alone in my dream. Then in came Radonna. I explained in a phone conversation a month or so later to a friend of mine, Radonna, what my dream was. How it all went away when Ashley died. I told her the goal was to educate people and help them. I discussed how very much I wanted a blog site that covered every issues, ethnicity, LGBT. cultures, current events etc. I wanted it in a safe non threatening environment where people that genuinely wanted to learn could come and read about the issues and problems facing these communities. Let’s face it, even people who want to ask questions and learn get bashed because people don’t understand why they are asking the questions and instantly become defensive. It is a sad reality. Now I know there are trolls out there but it isn’t everyone all the time.
Then it happened. We decided to set this blog project up to do just that…Educate. Give people voices. Many voices becoming one song. Love, understanding and compassion. Out of this blog and web site program we hope to develop a 501c3 to become a Non Profit that specializes in homeless youth and a safe house for Transgender people. Our goal is setting up work programs and helping these most affected by violence to have careers, a safe place to lay their head at night and inner peace. We’d love to hear your opinions on topics for the blog. We ask when you come to the blog to do it with an open heart and open mind. The thing most genuine about this blog is every single person that blogs does so from first hand experience with the topic they are blogging about. They are part of the group they are representing. It is an amazing project and we hope you find as much education and support here as we can gather. Thank you to all my current bloggers for being part of the bigger picture and helping to make the world a better, more loving place
Susan Gutierrez, Founder