Hello to everyone who replied to my post!
I am overwhelmed by the compassion, kindness and suggestions in all of your messages. Each of you has welcomed me with open arms into the SF family. For that, I am grateful beyond words.
Several of you mentioned Zerbie would be writing me, and sure enough, she did. What an encouraging message filled with ideas to get me involved in the LGBT community here in Phoenix. I am interested in experiencing all of them.
A church home would be wonderful. It's actually quite close to me, so I will definitely check it out. Also, I was unaware of the upcoming Rainbows Festival and AIDSWalk. I suppose I've been living like somewhat of a hermit. But count me in on those events. I just need more information. And if you need an extra set of hands with the project you're currently working on, let me know. My regular email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
A few of you asked that I share a bit more about myself. I am a San Francisco Bay Area native and moved to Phoenix about three years ago. In the time I've lived here, I've found it very difficult to meet people; so much different than California. Although I have a small (like six) core group of wonderful friends here, they are all couples and I often feel like the 'fifth wheel' when I do things with them.
I guess that's why I feel alone. I've yet to find single friends. I suppose that's because I don't drink and rarely go out to the local bars. So, I've decided to 'start over,' as if I just moved to Phoenix and take a different approach to making friends. And that's why I'm here. SF seemed like a great way to connect with quality people and again be the activist I was in CA.
I was active in both gay and mainstream organizations, although my two favorites were the San Francisco AIDSWalk and Project Open Hand. I organized my company's (The Gap) team for three years, growing the SF-based retailer's participation from a mere 50 to well over 600. We were the second largest team, raising close to $100k for AIDS research and programs. It was an incredibly fulfilling experience, so I'd definitely like to be as involved in the Phoenix walk as possible.
What else to tell? I'm 38 and seemingly terminally single. I could have each of you on the floor laughing if I told you about my dating experiences. Apparently, the men who should be seeking serious psychological help are the ones who cross my path. I'm REALLY ready to change that. After all, the biological clock is ticking.
So, hopefully, along with creating a new family, making new friends and becoming active in LGBT causes, I can actually find a husband, too. Gosh that's quite a laundry list. But, I'm ready and determined. Any further information anyone can provide about the events I mentioned and how I can get involved in them would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you again for the warm welcome into the SF family. I look forward to getting to know as many of you as possible.
Peace, love and light...