Tomorrow I get up early and my son and HB drop me off at the airport. I spend all day flying to the east coast for a conference that was planned months ago.
Isn’t it always the way where nothing happens for weekends at a stretch, and suddenly one weekend everything happens?
While in transit, I’ll miss the press conference of this baby I’ve worked on for weeks now. (The two men I’ve worked with are saints who have totally been behind this project 5000%.) See, post-Prop 8, I was really unhappy that we actually had a state constitution that went out of its way to discriminate against gays and lesbians. And what was really troubling was how my new community seemed to have too many people who thought this was perfectly okay.
So I pitched some API PFLAG folks an idea about holding an essay contest awarding college scholarships to young people entering or continuing in college. Whoever could write a well-argued, beautifully written essay on why marriage equality should be a fundamental civil right would win up to $5,000 to spend on their educations.
The idea caught fire, and before I knew it, people were pitching in to help. The community embraced the idea, and I embraced the community.
So now the press conference is tomorrow, we have political luminaries like vice-chair of the State Board of Equalization Judy Chu and State Assembly member Mike Eng lined up as judges. Ministers Jonipher Kwong, Rev Dae Jung, and professor of religion Dr. Julius Nam will speak in support of the project, and school board members Jay Chen (Hacienda Heights-La Puente) and Henry Lo (Garvey) will also speak publicly to urge students in their district enter the contest.
Here’s Rev Dae Jung with a short, simple statement about marriage equality:
I really, really, really wish I could be there.
The other event I’m missing is a retreat of the Board of Directors of a non-profit I’ve given time to for over six years. It’s the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment. I’ll miss the opportunity to get meta about the organization and its goals. And, of course, the informal time together, which we seldom get to spend as such.
I’ll br participating in the Women, Action, Media! conference in Boston. Looking forward to it, and at the same time already missing my family.