I got involved in the election for Second Pride board because I wanted to help better the community. I didn’t get involved with the election or the board to benefit my own ego or reputation. I got involved to try to benefit the greater good.
The election hurt the community. Sometimes I think it damaged the community beyond repair. To a point where its really hard to see a community but rather several cliques joined by a common thread. I have said in the past. There is a great deal to be proud of in this community. We all have our own little areas we usually gravitate towards. There is nothing really different about the SL community as compared to the RL community.
The one thing that is different between SL and RL. In RL everyone comes together for at least a short period of time to “show off” us to the rest of the world, from Dykes on Bikes to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and everything and everyone in between.
Second Pride isn’t about any one club, any one group, any one clique. It isn’t about those who think they are the movers and shakers of Second Life. Its about all of us.
In November 1969 a group of activists were meeting in Philadelphia and proposed that there be an annual reminder event to commemorate the demonstrations that took place on Christopher Street the summer before in and around the area of the Stonewall Inn.
From the proposal at that meeting ”
That the Annual Reminder, in order to be more relevant, reach a greater number of people, and encompass the ideas and ideals of the larger struggle in which we are engaged-that of our fundamental human rights-be moved both in time and location.
We propose that a demonstration be held annually on the last Saturday in June in New York City to commemorate the 1969 spontaneous demonstrations on Christopher Street and this demonstration be called CHRISTOPHER STREET LIBERATION DAY. No dress or age regulations shall be made for this demonstration.” From the wikipedia page.
I included this quote and highlighted that we need to do good things for the community and the greater good.
There are some hard working people involved with the board this year. Who I believe understand the concept of working for the greater good.
But it becomes hard at times when feathers get ruffled and personal difference arise between individuals. That turn into LONG held grievances and and anger.
I have been involved with Pride for almost 8 years. This will be my 8th festival I believe. Over the years my level of involvement has varied. But as I said this year I wanted to get involved because I saw a need to improve the direction that was being taken.
The “Second Pride” board is made up of all volunteers. No one gets paid and I truly believe that they are all involved for furthering the greater good. We have all made a goal to reach out to folks or groups who participated in the past and to groups and individuals who have never participated in an attempt to strengthen the community.
Its hard to please everyone all the time. The SL “community” is not homogenous just like the RL community isn’t. Its going to be hard to please everyone all the time. The board that was first elected appeared quite homogenous to start. This cause alot of anger to be hurled that it was going to become a bear group. (just rolled my eyes). Due to circumstances that have arisen, there has been a great deal of shuffling and new people come on board. This board right now is the most diverse group that I can remember every sitting together.
With that said, we all have our own interests and contacts. so we have been actively trying to include “entertainers” that have worked with us in the past. Its good to expose membership to new things and new people. That is why the majority of the DJ’s at the Valentine event were people who had never played at a Pride event. A great opportunity for them to get some exposure.
I get complaints in my IM box. It goes with the territory. I listen to what folks have to say. Try to sort out how to make things better. Usually I end the conversation with suggesting that they come by a Pride meeting. And thats where the complaint ends.
And finally. I get it I really do. I understand people have issues with past members of the board. BUT I am not going to apologize for anything that individuals who were involved with the board in the past may have done. All I or any member of the current board can do is try to make things better moving forward.
So to finish up – the invitation is there, come join us for a meeting. We would love to see you. Its time to buck up and move forward. If you have issues with members of previous boards. I suggest you take it up directly with them and don’t continue to blame the organization years after it happened.