Last weekend, we volunteered at the Openhouse Spring Fling, which is an annual fundraiser for a unique organization in San Francisco. Openhouse provides housing, direct services, and community programs for elderly members of the LGBT community. The event raised over $100,000 for the organization, which will help fund the great work they are doing for the Bay Area community.
We really enjoyed meeting the fantastic leadership team for Openhouse, many of the community members who they support, and other Bay Area residents who attended to support the organization. One couple told us about their experience moving to San Francisco at the height of the counterculture movement, and others talked about their experience living through the AIDS crisis in the '90s.
It was also inspiring to see so many different members of the LGBT community come together across lines of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and age. Even--or especially--within the LGBT community, we tend to divide ourselves along these lines. Openhouse and other LGBT organizations can help break down some of these barriers and help create a more cohesive and close-knit community. And only by building such a community can we realize our full potential to support one another and bring about broader change.