Transitions and change are a part of life. They can be voluntary and happen smoothly or involuntary and create havoc in your life. We in the LGBT community often go through personal transitions related to our sexual orientation or gender identity both publicly and privately. From dealing with transitioning or acknowledging to ourselves we are gay or lesbian. Then we must deal with the response of others when we make that knowledge public. It is often a difficult process. Caitlyn Jenner recently said, “sexuality is about who we go to bed with, gender is about who we go to bed as.” These aren’t issues of choice and we can just hope our friends and family accept us as who God intended us to be.
Then there are transitions and changes we choose to make. Those related to who we partner with and what career we pursue — choices crucial to our lives and ideally producing a positive result for ourselves and how we relate to the world. Contrary to gender identity and sexual orientation they are choices and we have the ability to make good ones. I have been lucky in my life and career enjoying my jobs and having the most amazing friends and a sister and sister-in-law who are always supportive.
My career was never planned it just fell into place. I don’t recommend that for everyone but for me it worked. Now I am making another transition of choice. I am leaving my job as a non-profit CEO and starting a new career and small consulting company, PDR and Associates, just as thousands of other Blade readers who will change their job and career.
So it is an honor to be asked to write a new column in the Washington Blade called “Comings and Goings.” The column will chronicle important life changes of Blade readers. It may have a little gossip occasionally so if you have some juicy tidbits, let us know. Are you leaving a job or taking a new one? Joining the board of a business or non-profit? Do you lead a non-profit or have a business looking for new board members? Let us know. Are you starting a new business or closing one down? If you are a business looking for the perfect employee let us know and we will share that information with a community with experts in every field and profession.
Our goal is to chronicle the transitions of individuals and businesses in our community and by sharing them, make them easier and more successful. After all isn’t that what community is all about?
The LGBT community is blessed with creativity and knowledge in every area of life. We are lawyers, doctors, artists, actors, accountants, bartenders, business owners, non-profit executives, nurses, personal coaches, fitness trainers; we are everything and, as the saying goes, “We are everywhere.”
More than 10 years ago, I wrote a column in the Blade suggesting we need a Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Today, through the hard work of two incredible guys, Chance Mitchell and Justin Nelson, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce exists and has been making a positive impact for the LGBT business community around the world. The local chapter of the organization, the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CAGLCC), which morphed from its inception as the Potomac Executive Network (PEN) is growing and successful.
The Comings and Goings column will help individuals and businesses share their transitions with the community. The success of the column will be based on you letting us know what changes you and friends are making in your lives. You can do that by sharing information with firstname.lastname@example.org.
The column will begin in October and start on a monthly basis appearing more frequently as you send us information we can share. Each tidbit of information you send should include your contact information, including a phone number so we can get in touch with you. Feel free to send a photo as well.
Please share this email address with friends and encourage them to share information with us at the Blade. We plan to make the column not only informative but fun to read.
Peter Rosenstein is a longtime LGBT rights and Democratic Party activist.