Shortly after my first deployment concluded back in 2009, I organized a grassroots effort based out of Grand Rapids, MI in order to educate and unite our surrounding community on important issues pertaining to LGBT rights.
Quickly, this adventure grew into something far beyond my wildest dreams.
Since then, further military obligations pulled me away from my volunteer work, but here are a few articles from that time period that I thought really captured the heart and soul of what we were all working to accomplish:
Gay Rights Crowd Holds Kiss-In Rally – by The Grand Rapids Press
Photos: Kiss-In Rally – Mlive.com
Between Ourselves – by Jessica Carreras, Between the Lines
Are You Out: A Slew of Coming Out Day Events Promises Gay Michigan Will Be Visible – by Jessica Carreras, Between the Lines
The Speak Equal Concert Series A Success – by Michael Tuffelmire, The Rapidian