I wanted to publicly address a handful of concerns that I've received regarding my involvement in Pride Month and participation in Denver PrideFest.
First, to those that reached out, I appreciate you letting me know your thoughts, it's truly meaningful that you took the time to do that. Our society is really divided in this current climate and it can feel so exhausting, especially when there is the perception of a political undercurrent.
For my part, I would like to share that my involvement in a Pride event has nothing to do with politics, but has everything to do with people. I have friends, family members and loved ones who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. These people aren't a political entity, they are simply people. People that are unique and colorful, beautiful and kind. In the same way that I have chose to share some aspects of my personal life with my surrogacy journey and my daughter's Make-A-Wish experience, my involvement in Pride Month is something that is near and dear to my heart as an artist and a person. Art inspires connection and creativity, and interpretations of art can often go deep into a person's heart to bring comfort, joy and healing. Those are the same qualities that I wish to share with the world through my illustrations and products. That is my desire and hope when creating art, and it is also my desire for the LGBTQ community - that they can find comfort, safety and healing in exactly who they are at their core - beautiful people.
Everyone deserves to feel safe in the company they keep. My desire is to create and cultivate a safe and loving space here in this small corner of the world for those who enjoy colorful art and cute paper products. I'm so happy you are here.
If you or someone you know needs resources, you can find help at the following links:
The Trevor Project - for LGBTQ Youth
The Center on Colfax - for LGBTQ Resources & Community in Denver
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