I've dedicated my adult life to advocacy and activism on a municipal and state level. Schools, libraries, and art councils contribute so much to our shared society and I simply want to do my part in contributing back to them in the best way that I know how—through my time and my energy. I do these things because I wish to live a life in which I can say that I've genuinely tried to make my community a stronger and more inclusive place for people like me.
I'm participating because I firmly believe that labels are so incredibly important to who we are as individuals. They can be useful tools that help to give us a sense of community and purpose when we feel lost or isolated. The power that we invest in our labels can either build us up or tear us down, so we must never stop living in a way where we're always building. We're worth that time and dedication.