Wow! It’s official! I WON the Lambda Legal cartoon contest! How totally freakin’ cool is THAT?!
The results have been published today in the latest issue of the Advocate, along with the cartoon itself, (I haven’t seen the article yet, but I hope to this week when the magazine arrives on newsstands here in Northport. I’ve already received a whole bunch of congratulatory e-mails from folks who are subscribers to the Advocate, who received the issue in the mail a few days earlier than the newsstands).
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone who voted for me! I have the best, most supportive readers in the whole world, and I appreciate everyone who took the time to vote for me at the Lambda Legal website! And, aside from all of this celebration chatter, I hope everyone gets a chance to become familiar with Lambda Legal and the important work they do to protect civil rights for LGBT people. (In fact, if you want to see the winning comic strip, you can go to their website to view it). While the cartoon I submitted deals with the subject of "Life Without Fair Courts" in a humorous manner, the fact is that this is a deadly serious topic that deserves all of our attention. And it is to our great benefit that we have a vital organization like Lambda Legal that is fighting for our civil rights.
So, what did I win besides all of this adulation and good cheer? Well… I won a free plane ticket to anywhere in the the USA, (48 states), or in Canada, that I choose to go! How awesome! I’m not even sure where I should go yet, (probably someplace far, just to make the most of it). If you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know! (I wanted to go to Alaska, actually, but that’s not within the 48 states. I’m also considering Calgary, Alberta, so I can check out those gorgeous Canadian Rockies. Or Oregon, as that’s one state I’ve never been to, and have heard great things about).
I also want to give a salute to the other 4 finalists in the contest: Matt Bors, Jennifer Cruté, Astrid Lydia Johanssen, and Ted Rall. I think they all did some great work, and it’s an honor to be in their company. And the fact that I’m the grand-prize winner, well… that’s just such an incredible thrill for me! Thank you to the Advocate and to Prism Comics, (co-sponsors of the contest. If you’re not familiar with Prism Comics, they are a nonprofit organization that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) comics, creators, and readers, and they have been hugely supportive of my work through the years. Check them out, if you haven’t already!)
Thank you, everyone! This totally ROCKS!!!!!!