Originally Posted by wmanion
I am sure you will hear from Zerbie who is also in Arizona. She is a wonderful person. Right now she is very busy in Seven Straight Nights but I am sure you will hear from her.
Originally Posted by tymejumper
Zerbie is in AZ, but she is working on Proposition 8 I believe.
Originally Posted by bldgcharacter
My name is Scott. I was motivated to become part of this community after watching the documentary 'For the Bible Tells Me So.'
The film made me realize how alone I am in the world. My wealthy, appearance-conscious relatives have disowned me for being gay. I thought I could live a full life without family, but now I'm not so sure. There is a history of suicide among the men in my family. Although never discussed, I've learned that at least two of these men, my relatives, were gay. I don't want to become another statistic.
I'm well aware while we can't choose our relatives, we can choose our family. So, I'm here seeking a family whose love is unconditional. In addition, I want to become an active part of the Soulforce community in an effort to help others who've also found themselves in my situation.
I recently moved to Phoenix, AZ and desperately need help rebuilding my life with the help of supportive, nurturing individuals I one day hope to call 'family.' Will someone help me? Please?
Feel free to contact me at my regular email address: email@example.com
Peace, love and light...
Originally Posted by Daniel
Scott- Welcome to the forum. There is a member here who lives in the valley around Phoenix- and I bet she will make her appearance soon enough- Zerbie- Bekah has already mentioned her. And she goes to a gay -friendly church. Perhaps a place to start reaching out and choosing family?
Hello, Scott. Welcome!
Your alone-ness is temporary. You've just moved here? Makes sense then, that you would feel on your own. I'm glad you're reaching out. You've already heard from a tremendous bunch of people here, and they have great insights and deep caring.
Perhaps with time, the relationship with your biological family may change. But you cannot spend your life waiting for that to happen. In the meantime, YES, you CAN create a family - your real family - with those who love you exactly as you are, no bullshit.
As our other friends have mentioned, we're neighbors. Hubby & I live east of Phoenix.
I've been totally busy working on the 7 Straight Nights project.
Any chance you might have heard about it, or drove past us the other night? We were standing vigil on the corner of 24th St & Camelback Rd, to deliver the message that we stand for unity and love in our community, and that everyone is a valued member of our society.
All the people who rallied, delivered speeches, held signs and candles, did that because they care about their gay neighbors in Arizona, and that includes YOU. All those people consider you a vital part of their community - and that doesn't mean gay community, that means the ENTIRE community. They're
Here. Someone mentioned my church.
I'm inviting you to take a visit to the church I go to.
I am a life-long church-o-phobe, and yet I cannot emphasize enough how wonderful, warm, welcoming, and caring this group is. They will march miles to make you feel included and welcomed. I know, because I myself am very new there, and have only been going since the summer. Joining this church is one of the top 3 smartest things I ever did for myself.
The church is right in the center of Phoenix, off of 7th Ave by the corner of Indian School Rd.
If that isn't quite your speed, I can still recommend other valley organizations, including a few churches, that you might enjoy connecting with.
Let me know! I'm happy to list my personal recommendations.
Oh and - there's a big festival coming up in Phoenix in a few weeks. You may already know about it, the Rainbows Festival. And also the AIDS Walk. Those events will put you in touch with those who are active in the LGBTQ community. There's bound to be SOMEone or SOMEthing around that you'll connect with.