In life we have choices to make. Those choices could be anything from what to have for breakfast, to what we want to do with our lives. Over my last nine years being out I have had to make a lot of choices. Some of these choices have been do I want to speak about my journey? Do I want to open myself up to the world?
Last year I was asked to be a part of the team to organise Shift Hui 2015 with InsideOUT. I had been out of high school for a year so I needed to do something to help keep me sane and social. After that I kept volunteering and ultimately joined the InsideOUT board as Treasurer. My main reason for wanting to be Treasurer was that it sounded like something a pirate would have been.
I have been given so many amazing opportunities over the last 18 months thanks to InsideOUT: I’ve had dinner with the US Ambassador, spoken at many conferences, ran workshops, pushed for more trans inclusivity in a variety of spaces, and so many more. I also took on the position of Co-Chair alongside my role as Treasurer earlier this year, and it was a lot of fun trying to bring some level of fun into a space that would normally be seen as professional. I would make sure that my treasurer reports were in pink and there was always good food at the meetings.
InsideOUT has given me the platform to grow and spread my knowledge tentacles to so many parts of society. That’s why stepping down from the board was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make in a very long time. I’m doing so many things for so many different organisations, plus trying to look after myself and make sure I can actually hang out and be social with the amazing people I have met over the last few years.
I’m not leaving with bad blood, I know we will be working together again in the future, it’s about looking after me and focusing my energy on other projects that have been put off for far too long. LIKE THIS BLOG!!!!!
Below is a handful of some of my favorite memories with InsideOUT: