Birthday Countdown: Family birthdays

Today is my Granny Dot’s birthday: Happy birthday Granny!

Every year when we talk she tells me that my birth was a wonderfully-late birthday present for her. My Mom’s birthday is also in November at the end of the month so it’s a multi-generational birthday month. I was really fortunate to be born into a very loving and supportive family. I really rocked their world (not in a good way) when I came out to them, but over the past 14 years we’ve largely found our stride again.

Not all families are as supportive as mine, which is one of the reasons why I really value what Lambert House is doing to support LGBT youth. LGBT folks use the term “family” when describing each other since so many of us didn’t find our family-by-blood to be terribly supportive after coming out to them. Lambert House gives youth today an opportunity to find those supportive community connections early.

In honor of my 36th birthday, I’m asking people to please consider donating $36 (or $360 (or $3600 if you’re feeling really generous)) to Lambert House. You can do so via their Network for Good page or send them a check directly to PO Box 23111, Seattle WA 98102. I have no way of tracking how much the donations add up to, so I’m not looking for a specific dollar amount. If you feel inclined, I’d enjoy knowing if you’ve donated something, anything, to this very worthy cause by commenting on this blog entry or on the Facebook post.