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P8TT fundraising

This post is part of P8TT’s annual fundraising drive. As of this post, we are only a handful of new donors away from hitting our goal! We just need a few more to sustain us for another year. Please become a Sustaining Member so we can keep this community together to fight the battles ahead (and to enter for a chance to win two tickets to the new “8” play premiere with an all-star cast in Los Angeles!). You can chip in here so P8TT can keep going with a sustainable source of funding.

By Gregory Enke (Greg in SLC)

Adam invited me to write “a few paragraphs” in support of P8TT to assist with the fundraiser. As humans often do, I first considered what I have not liked about P8TT. I thought about the painful transition to the current software configuration and how we lost some P8TT family members. I also thought how some have stopped writing, seemingly in protest or perhaps they no longer feel welcome. I grieve for these losses. But then, I stopped to consider other things….

– I have visited the P8TT site almost EVERY day since Prop 8 passed in California in 2008
– I have posted 620 comments since the new web format became active
– Every time I log on to a computer I go directly to 2 websites: Gmail, then www.prop8trialtracker.com

I was stunned when I realized this! I work full time for a Health Care Organization. I also teach evenings at the local community college. I am married to a wonderful man, have 4 children and 1 grand baby. As a person whose time is much in demand I only spend time on those things that edify me. P8TT meets this criteria in abundant ways:

– The posts are current and relevant
– The comments are from a global community with diverse perspectives
– I have electronically met new wonderful allies and even met some in person!
– I find support and solace here when I grieve and can cheer and celebrate with those who care and are informed!
– I view P8TT commentators as a wonderful resource. It is a comfort to know If I’m in trouble I can come here for advice.

I contributed tithing (10% of my income) to a church for over 3 decades that did not meet my emotional or intellectual needs. I no longer give $ to this church, but I gladly give “tithes” to P8TT as I’m able. Here is a place where I learn, share and feel validated. Here I can question established institutions and persons without threat of excommunication. Here I’ve expanded my awareness of self and of humanity. I’m grateful I stumbled across this site while looking for answers after the devastating passing of Prop8. P8TT continues to be a relevant/viable place to meet and to organize our efforts in the fight for marriage equality.

Please become one of just a few new donors we need to keep this site going for another year.

Love,

Gregory Enke

17 Comments

  • 1. Kathleen  |  February 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I just wanted to say I love that you come here, Gregory!

  • 2. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  February 28, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Beautifully written Gregory. Blessings to you and your family my friend. :-)

  • 3. Kate  |  February 28, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Oh, Gregory; such a touching post. And how I love you!

  • 4. Gregory in SLC  |  February 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    What a gift Kathleen, Mark and Kate to number you as friends and family,.. the family that understand this fight, who cares, who loves me…back @ you!. ::shedding grateful, unabashed tears::

  • 5. Mormon Mother  |  February 28, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    A very touching post, Gregory. I read everyday (2 or 3 times a day, actually) but I rarely post.

    This is a good time to let my P8TT family know that after 18 long months of unemployment, I start a full-time permanent job on Thursday. Means less time here but I will still be here everyday. Unless 9 months go by before anymore court dates for Prop 8, I'll not be able to be at the courthouse (9 month probation period). As I already had the Salt Lake trip planned and paid for, they are giving me the 2 weeks off without pay (not that I would expect any pay for days not worked at this point). 2012 is already way better than 2011 was.

  • 6. Gregory in SLC  |  February 29, 2012 at 5:08 am

    congrats on your Job : ) !

    I'm interested to learn more about 9 month prob. period. why is that?

  • 7. Kate  |  February 29, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Terrific news, Sheryl! What's the job????

  • 8. Kathleen  |  February 29, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Congrats and best of luck on the new job!

  • 9. Mormon Mother  |  February 29, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Can't really answer that, Greg. Just a county thing for new employees. Can take sick leave, if needed, during that time, just no vacation (unless used in lieu of sick leave). I'll be in Salt Lake from March 14 thru 28 and certainly hope to get to meet you and your hubby).

  • 10. Mormon Mother  |  February 29, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Thanks, Kate. I'll be working for Contra Costa County as a Clerk-Experienced Level. As I understand this position from the interview, I'll be answering phones, filing, retrieving information; however, I'll know more when I actually start. All of the paperwork for payroll is completed.

  • 11. Gregory in SLC  |  February 29, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Will figure out some way to meet : )

  • 12. AnonyGrl  |  February 29, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Love you Gregory, and I am proud to be one of the P8TTers you met in person!

  • 13. Bob  |  February 29, 2012 at 9:42 am

    hugs Greg!!!! and it looks like the target was reached,,, actually surpassed,,,, for the fundraiser woot woot

  • 14. DaveP  |  February 29, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Congratulations Sheryl!!

  • 15. Gregory in SLC  |  February 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    And what a THRILLING time in history, to witness the NY marriage vote! That was an amazing trip in many ways, especially meeting you! (p.s. I LOVE your short RED hair style!)

  • 16. Gregory in SLC  |  February 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    salutations Canadian neighbor! Hug2U2!

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