Photo courtesy of Rusty Lockett
IMPACTCincinnati, along with MUSE, the Cincinnati Men's Chorus, PFLAG, GLSEN, Equality Ohio, GenderBLOC, the Gathering, Xavier Alliance, and many many others, hosted an event on Xavier's campus this evening to protest CCV's annual fundraiser also held on the campus this evening -- Focus on ALL Famillies. The weather moved the event from the green space outside to the sports arena, and organizers reported at least 200 people attended throughout the event. All in all, it was fun. I got to wander around and see pretty much everyone I know, and everyone I expect, intermixed with some new faces (mostly college kids) as well as some families (and children!).
I got a tweet shortly after -- suggesting that perhaps it was the same people that attend every event -- and there will be, of course, that ongoing dissatisfaction, I think, with anything that happens. Yes, I think, there will always be the familiar faces there, but, as Miss Chanak mightily stated, "You're giving me something to do." Sure, I saw everyone I expected, but what isn't a great event without the fabulous faces of local celebs like Lynne Lefebvre (PFLAG), Kathy Laufman (damn near everything), Dan Mess (GLSEN), Worley Rodehaver (the newspaper), Steven Van Kuiken/et al (the Gathering), or myself (of course)? I would miss them if they weren't there. But, more importantly, there were enough new people, and new organizations (Cincinnati's new group, COLAGE, made an appearance) to keep it interesting.
It was an event with a purpose, and it was pretty fun. I think, considering the rain and the move of locations, it was well attended and well put together. I can think of at least one family that did not attend because of the weather.
Jamie Royce (whom I finally met) over at StuffQueerPeopleNeedtoKnow reports that hours before the event Xavier University asked for Planned Parenthood not to attend. Silliness and absurdity, IMHO.
This post isn't the best put together, or the best written, but after the previous update, my fingers are tired. I promise I'll be more together in the future... or not. You know me, by now. :-)