Wow! That’s all I can say. Four years ago today, April 8, 2011, I posted the very first item here. I was a mere 52 years old, a kid with a vision: to create and sustain an online space for my peers and my elders. lgbtSr was born from a desire to see myself and those of my generation and older reflected in imagery, authorship, advocacy, opinion, conversation and desire. I didn’t want to create a resource-driven site. There were several of those at the time, more now, each excellent: SAGE, LGBT Elder Initiative, even a page at AARP. But lgbtSr was intended to feature columns, fiction, op-eds, interviews, podcasts, and news. A sort of virtual gathering place for a cup of coffee and an open forum for expressing our lives as going concerns. I hope I’ve succeeded in some small measure, and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
Thanks to all the fabulous contributors past, present and future. Thanks, too, to those who’ve taken a moment to let me know they appreciate the site and what I’ve been doing as the sun rises (often before it) to keep the site going. I’m not a believer in moaning: oh, how hard it is! No, it’s a pleasure, and I’ve met so very many amazing people through this, with two highlights standing out in particular: a panel I hosted at the NLGJA (National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association) in Boston with Stephanie Mott and David Webb, and being invited this past February to the White House National LGBT Elder Housing Summit. So happy anniversary to lgbtSr, let’s keep embracing age and celebrating life, and the next thing you know we’ll be five! – Mark McNease/Publisher & Editor
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