So for those who are unaware, I live in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona.
For the last several years, two people have been the driving force behind the Arizona observance of the Day of Remembrance. They are well respected, and they generally have done nothing more than this specific event.
Historically, they have had a booth at the Pride event, and at the various other events locally, but this year they were conspicuously (well, to the trans community) absent.
This weekend, I attended something called the Rainbows festival. TIH had, for the first time, a booth at an event, and this was a good one for us to have a booth at. And one of the things that sorta startled me in the process here was that no one seemed to know what was happening with the event. So feelers went out and early Sunday morning I got word that the usual organizers were not going to be doing so.
Which meant a bit of a panic mode action on my part. Because the DOR is a key event to me, for the community as a whole. So TIH picked up another thing to do today.
I’ve looked at TIH for most of the last year or so as the creators of infrastructure — as the group that provides the basic, simple stuff that makes the work of other people possible. As a support system for trans people in the Phoenix Metro area — not just as individuals, but as groups, be they small groups or large ones, be they organizations or businesses, whatever.
We are here to support them, to give them things that they need, and to make it easier and more effective for them to do such. This is the driving idea behind the annual campaign this year, and behind what it is that I am trying to do in my tenure.
This is a big deal to me, and something that I look at with trepidation. Once again, it seems like I am stepping into something else that was created and operated by other people — people whom I respect and have a history with and that sometimes do not see things the way I do. Only this time, the event is extremely important, and I have to do it on a notice far shorter than anything I would normally do.
Hell, just to plan a little night out for fun and frivolity for trans folk, there were four months of planning complete with many many meetings and all the rest.
But we do what we can. What we must. So I found myself going down the list of folks that I know locally. I often forget just how extensive that network is because I don’t always spend a lot of time thinking about it. I also like to save what little capital I do accumulate for Big Deals.
I think this qualifies.
I’ve sent out emails to various people I know in the community, because that kind of a thing is a big deal. That kind of thing needs involvement from others, and, perhaps, out of this effort will grow a group that can carry it on going forward. That can bring wider and more diverse involvement in as well.
But I don’t mind saying I’m totally freaked out and stressing over this. I really don’t want to fuck it up. And I have a problem there — hard to fuck up things you don’t do, and my usual modus is to head down that lane. Unique anxiety that one, lol.
Ah well, today is but the start. We’ll see how it goes down the road…