A New Years Hello

A New Years Hello

Happy New Years!

Just a quick hello and thank you!

Transcription of the episode:

Hello dear listeners. It is December 30th, but it will be January 1st when I publish this, so I want to wish you a happy new year! I’m taking the time to record this message today to test some new recording equipment, but also to express my gratitude to you for all the support this project has gotten throughout the year.

It’s been an incredible experience to learn how to produce a podcast, how to interview people and how to promote it. I learn new skills with every episode I produce and I learn more about my local community through every person I meet. I want to thank every guess who’s been on the show to talk about their experiences and their lives; this work wouldn’t exist without you and you’ve been more generous than I could have imagined. I also want to thank the people who’ve helped me with the technical side of things: a huge thank you to Anastasia Bohdanova who designed the Gaytineau website and helped me get the hang of posting on it and to my sister Marie-Louise for designing the logo and giving a direction to my visual presentation.

If you’ve been listening for a little while, you’ll remember that when I started this project, my goal was to discover IF we had a local LGBT community and to meet its members. Well, I have learned that we do have a community here and that it is a rich one waiting to be uncovered and brought to light. It’s not what I imagined because it’s not like what you would find in a bigger city or in a small town, there are no central spaces where we gather or celebrate, there aren’t enough services and we don’t all know each other…YET. I see beginnings of these things emerging and I’m excited to see them fully realized. I’m proud to proclaim, without a doubt, that we’re here and we’re queer. We’re here and we’re trans. We’re here and we are families and friends who love and support each other. We’re here and we’re building community. So with that in mind, I’ve been moving forward with the new goal of meeting the community along with you. I hope you’ll stick around and continue to message me and share this with your people.

 With that, I wish you a new year full of support and opportunities to live authentically and vibrantly, wherever you are. I want to start the new year with this idea that we are here and we are family, so in closing, I’ll share this poem by Mary Oliver called “Wild Geese”.

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Happy New Years, everyone. 

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  1. Louis-Philippe Bonhomme-Beaulieu says:

    What a lovely poem and message! A very happy new year to you Stéphanie and thank you for lending our community your talents to reach out to so many people through your podcast. Cheers to all the projects and wonderful accomplishments to come in 2019!

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