I am thankful:
For amazing Gladstonites who have been standing up and refusing to shop at a store whose owner responded in a very negative (homophobic) way to the Gladstone Marriage Equality Rally flyer when I asked him to put it up. I’ve spoken to him since the incident, and he has apologised profusely, and asked how he can “make this right”. I’ve suggested that I’m really not sure, but that posting an apology to GLBTIQ Gladstone might be an appropriate starting point. at 3PM I pointed him towards the group, and I’m still waiting to get a request to join and post from him. If another 24 hours pass and I haven’t heard from him again, I’ll be letting you know who it is. I have my suspicions, but I think his apology to me is a reaction to the dead zone that the store has become.
I am grateful – to new housemate/landlord M who offered me a pet-friendly room when I announced that my house had sold.
I am grateful for the many well-wishes I’ve received from people over my impending move
I am thankful that the Rally went off with only a couple of minor hitches
I am so grateful to the Gladstone Observer for their continued coverage of the GMER – There was a full-page photo essay in the weekend observer documenting it!
I am also grateful to the Observer for having selected me as a winner in their firefighter fantasy competition. Free firefighter 2013 calendar? Don’t mind if I do!
I am grateful, yet again, for the fantastic work friends that I have and will miss sorely when I leave Gladstone. You’d all better let me know when you’re in Brisbane so we can do coffee or something, y’hear?
I am still overwhelmingly grateful to the population of Gladstone who made the GMER into what it was, and for the people who have started organising some once-a-month events to provide some organised GLBTIQ community here! You guys rock!
Seriously, if you’re in Gladstone and want to meet other GLBTIQ people, check out GLBTIQ Gladstone – apart from being administered by the caped queersader, there are some very cool things going on there, including some story-sharing, coffees, picnics, and more!
Dylan from Gladstone, grateful for another week!