|My gorgeous daughter helped me one night.|
The Transfamily Support Group teamed up with the Diversity Center, QYTF and STRANGE to work an information booth at the Santa Cruz County Fair this September. It was quite an experience.
I hadn’t really thought about it ahead of time, but a County Fair doesn’t necessarily attract an - let’s say - a traditionally open, pro-differences crowd. Thank goodness we were in Santa Cruz! We had a lot of thumbs-up and thank you’s for being there. A few younger people came by and asked questions.
Two things happened while Ron and I were working that booth that will last me a lifetime.
The first was when a group of older men were walking by, kinda looking at the table as they walked. We had a bowl of Skittles on the table to hand to people (hoping to foster conversation). I thought I would have some fun and I said to the group hey do you guys want to Taste the Rainbow? They turned around and said, “Honey we are the rainbow!” They came over and all grabbed a bag of Skittles and said thank you for being here. I have to say - they surprised me! It was pretty funny!
The second thing I’ll remember was when a high school girl came up to us and said we had the best booth there. She said she was a Christian and that she is an ally to the LGBT community. She attends a private Christian school and it’s hard because none of her friends who are gay can be themselves at school or they would get kicked out.
I looked at her and said, “Why don’t you just go to a public school?”
She said with assurance, “Oh no this is where God wants me to be.”
Then I said, “It must be hard at the school knowing that they don’t support the LGBT community.”
And she said, “God never said missions work was going to be easy.”
As Christians ourselves, my husband and I had tears in our eyes as she walked away. Here was a highschool girl who is a Christian and gets what Christianity is all about. It made the week of volunteering totally worth it.