Monday, September 15, 2008

Where the Wild Things Are ... Gay!

Brilliant children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak (80) came out in this week in the New York Times.

"Was there anything he had never been asked? He paused for a few moments and answered, “Well, that I’m gay.” “I just didn’t think it was anybody’s business,” Mr. Sendak added. He lived with Eugene Glynn, a psychoanalyst, for 50 years before Dr. Glynn’s death in May 2007. He never told his parents: “All I wanted was to be straight so my parents could be happy. They never, never, never knew.” Children protect their parents, Mr. Sendak said."

Though Maurice Sendak is most well known for Where the Wild Things Are, my favorite book of his growing up was Little Bear's Friend. I read that story countless times and then read it to my children. The illustrations were so beautiful, you couldn't help fall in love with Little Bear.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Sendak! Thank you for continuing to share beautiful stories with us -- like your 50 year relationship with your partner, Eugene Glynn.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Familiar Face, New Role

Triangle Foundation Names Colette Beighley
as New Director of Communications

Triangle Foundation is pleased to announce that Colette Beighley has been named Director of Communications. Colette has been serving the organization for nearly two years as West Michigan Field Organizer. In that position, she helped established Triangle’s first field office in Grand Rapids and will continue to work out of our West Michigan office in her new role.

Triangle Foundation is proud to be able to bring a director-level position to Grand Rapids. This new appointment further demonstrates our work as a statewide organization and our commitment to West Michigan.

“It is an honor to serve the community and to work with this team of talented individuals. I look forward to both the new role and the new challenges that lie ahead,” said Colette Beighley.

“Triangle Foundation is proud of the work Colette has done in West Michigan. Her new position will further build and enhance the many relationships she has formed there. Colette will bring her unique and respectful style to our written and online communications helping us to bring our message forward, reach out to our constituents, and build bridges within our many communities,” said Kate Runyon, Interim Executive Director for Triangle Foundation.

The communities of West Michigan have responded to the new Grand Rapids office with strong financial support recognizing our work to promote equality for LGBT persons throughout Michigan.
Join us by becoming a member today!

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