I’ve been in Boston for most of the summer, spending time with my awesome girlfriend, eating my weight in lobster, and trying to figure out how to perfect my Southie accent. The East Coast was exactly as I had imagined, complete with pastel chinos and the compulsive need to remind everyone ever all of the time that anything south of Philly is basically non-existent.
Now, I’m back home in the flyover states, and summer is almost over. Sigh. This, of course, means that it’s time for me to get back to the grind with regard to queer health equity and policy. I’m starting a new work year by attending the National LGBT Health Summit in Kansas City. This is a one-day ancillary meeting of the National Conference on Tobacco or Health, hosted by the National LGBT Health Equity Network. I was selected as a recipient of a blogging scholarship, so I am fortunate enough to get to be in the room with some pretty impressive LGBTQ tobacco control leaders from across the country, sharing successful strategies and solutions that are helping improve queer health today.
I’m pretty interested in scoping out Rescue Social Change Group, the folks who are responsible for the Verge parties here in Albuquerque (which I feel pretty ‘meh’ about overall), and generally head up social media campaigns for LGBTQ tobacco prevention. They’re hosting an event called Beyond Fabulous, which is apparently going to be MC’ed by the fierce Pandora Boxx. If you know me, you know how much I love drag queens, so the mix of fabulosity and public health is almost too much for me to handle. I’m still on the fence about some of the RSCG’s approach to the communities they work in and their methods, though, so I think this is going to be a great opportunity for me to figure out what they’re all about.
And y’all know that if I don’t like it, I’m gonna be right back here to tell you allllllllllll about it.
Because I’m classy like that. Duh.
Ricky is about as classy as Del Rancho on a first date. You can follow Ricky on Twitter,@prettyrickyroo, but don’t expect much more than Foursquare check-ins at burger joints.