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Three years ago, a few weeks before Christmas, I was in search of a place to volunteer that aligned with my values; an organization dedicated to the needs of the individuals, regardless of sexual preference, gender identity, race, religion, and all of those other identifying labels that swirl around. I hoped to find a place that provided acceptance, love, nourishment, and support for those in need. As soon as I called, it was Micheal Weakley who quickly replied, “Sure, come on down Christmas Day, you can help in the kitchen.” Three years later, me and the other half of this “crazy hetero couple” (as Micheal referred to Todd and I), feel a lot of love and gratitude, as we help out in the kitchen, and assist with Queermas each year along with other events through out the year.
Hello, I have wanted to write for a long time and tell you how great I think one n ten is. Back in the early-mid 1980's I was a part of the Phoenix Gay Youth Group. It was a group that a friend of mine, Artie Michaelis, helped to form. I met Artie at the group and later worked with him at a local bar. The group met at Casa de Christo church and was primarily a discussion group. I think it is incredible a group as simple as ours gave way to a group like one n ten which does much more than would have ever been possible in the 1980's. Your group strikes an emotional note with me as well. glbtq youth today still face many obstacles but it is much better today than it was when I was a youth. Back then if you were gay you would either keep it a secret or put up with harassment and, often, physical harm. The rite of passage for a gay youth was being old enough to go to a bar. Bars were often the center of gay/lesbian life. I am glad to see things are changing and wish your group many years of success. Thank You, Ron Rice
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