NEM idol!

Okay, now I don’t know if this is REALLY going to happen, but I think I am auditioning to be a speaker at the rally during the National Equality March on October 11, 2009. For those of you that don’t know, the National Equality March, and rally, is being held for the first time this year, in order to bring as many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender persons and their families, friends and allies together, to advocate for full, equal, civil, marriage rights. There is no more time to be patient; now is the time to act.

As part of this historic event, which by the way is being held at the same time as the annual Coming Out Day, there will be speakers to address the thousands of persons that are anticipated as attending. And, as part of that energy, people have been invited to audition to be a speaker there, persons that have energy, passion, have a devotion to the LGBT community and its needs, and who want to speak out about it.

Well, let’s see: I have energy, no doubt. Passion, without questions. Devotion? Well, I have been working toward inclusion and understanding for years now, through training, and educating others, including most recently, the church that my family and I attend. I think I am qualified.

But, the question is: do I have the courage to do this? Sure, there could be thousands that try for this, so my chances of being chosen are slim. However, I am willing to try anyway, but what if I were chosen, what then???? Thinking about it makes my stomach feel funny, though I am not sure if that is butterflies of excitement or waves of nausea in anticipation.

What I need to do to try out for this is two things: First, draft a speech of that which I would like to say to get people energized and full of hope to go forward. Then, I have to film myself giving that speech, and send it off to the organizers. They will pick a group of finalists, whose videos will be uploaded onto Youtube and then voted on; whoever gets the most hits, wins!!

I will keep you all posted, and I will probably post my speech at some point, but the thing is, that feels more challenging to me than actually speaking in front of people……

How do I say in three minutes or less how this journey of identity and coming out has brought me to my self, like nothing else in my life? How speaking up and speaking out is now the only way that I can be? How marrying the love of my life would be one of the most anticipated moments for me? How valued and beloved I feel by the Universe, God, and so many persons I have met, who have felt rejected much of their lives?

There is so much in my heart and soul that needs to be said, that should be said, when it comes to equality, love, and justice. Because, that is what this is about, more than love, more than civil rights or pride, is justice, doing the right thing.

Fairness for all.

Wish me luck!!!!

10 thoughts on “NEM idol!

  1. Vanessa…you can do it. You share your story, your life, your feeling so eloquently on this blog. They should give you six minutes.

  2. Congrats. This is a great step. Here are my practical suggestions:
    Write all the things you want to say. Don’t worry about length the first time through. Then edit, edit, edit. You can do it. Your passion for the subject is so clear here on your blog, you will be able to inspire your hearers! Don’t worry about the video — have someone you care about stand behind the camera and just talk to them in the words of your speech. You will do a great job and best wishes!!!

  3. A great place to have rallied people would’ve been the Pink concert last night. There were a ton of people there (many of them gay, lesbian or bi) and the concert was packed so you would’ve definitely gotten some people involved. Plus her concert was amazing so it wouldn’t have been horrible to have gone 😀

  4. Tiny: Great suggestions, and thank you! Right now, the most stressful thing is getting my technology up and running correctly; we are trying again tonight via webcam, then just need to get it to where it needs to go……wish me luck!!!

    willowbatel: That would have been AWESOME!!!! The lgbt community is so inspired by her; and I know that I am because she goes forth as her own person, with no apologies, and she embraces all forms of diversity. It is so refreshing and inspiring in this world, thanks!

  5. Tiny and Deeps: Just to let you know; computer issues and other time issues created the barrier, so I didn’t audition. However, I cannot wait for the march and rally to show my true colors and be inspired!!!!! THanks for all of the support, all of my friends; you ROCK!

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