Pima County Public Library: Meet Ray from the LGBTQ + Services Committee

September 20, 2021

In this new blog series, we introduce you to the members of the library’s LGBTQ + Services Committee. Today, We are excited to introduce you to Ray B. (he / he / his) who says that one of the things he loves most about being on the committee is “seeing firsthand what our actions do for the community”.
If you could be a superhero who would you be?

This is really tough! There are so many great ones that I want to be. Having recently seen the WandaVision show, I’d go with Wanda, aka the Scarlet Witch. Wanda is incredibly powerful. She can envelop reality, manipulate time, teleport, use telekinesis, and much more. I would be pretty unstoppable.

If you could be an LGBTQ + character, who would you be and why?

I recently read The Darkness Outside Us, opens a new window by Eliot Schrefer, so I want to be Ambrose, one of the main characters. Ambrose is a gay man on a space mission to save his sister, who is light years away on a distant moon. However, things get strange and everything is not what it seems! Ambrose is determined, smart, caring, resourceful, and loving. All of this made me admire him. He’s also an astronaut!

If you could send a message to LGBTQ + people in our community, what would it be?

There are so many things I want to say to the LGBTQ + people in our community, however One thing I want to emphasize is that YOU belong! This world is ours as well as everyone else’s. You can exist, love and be happy.

What do you wish for future generations of LGBTQ + youth?

I hope that one day future generations of LGBTQ + youth can just do it exist without having to fight. I just want them to live their lives and that’s it. I don’t want them to do the whole “coming out” thing. I don’t want them to worry about marrying the person they love. I don’t want them to have to hide their affection for fear of violence in public. I hope they can just exist freely like our straight / cis counterparts.

Is there one LGBTQ + activist who inspires you the most? If so, who is it and why?

There are so many great LGBTQ + activists out there that it’s really hard to pick just one that inspires me the most. Based on a recent post she wrote I’m going with Miley Cyrus today. In Miley’s Post, she writes: “It is easier to turn someone off than to find forgiveness and compassion within ourselves or to take the time to change hearts and minds. There is no space for division if we want to keep seeing progress! Knowledge is power! “I think she makes a big point that we should all have Compassion and patience to really try to understand each other. Hard conversations can do a lot more than avoid someone. However, this is much easier said than done. I know I can barely do this, but I strive for it.

What is your favorite color in the LGBTQ + Pride flag and why?

Blue is my favorite color on the Pride flag because of that it stands for serenity. This is what I think all my queer people should be able to experience on a daily basis. We deserve to be surrounded by peace and quiet. We deserve the peace of mind of simply being our true authentic selves without being told we are wrong.

How long have you been a member of the committee?

I joined the committee sometime in 2018, so it was about three years ago.

Why did you choose to join?

I joined because I wanted to be there a group in which everyone shared my passion for helping and caring for the LGBTQ + community. It’s great to be part of a team in which people can identify with your lived experiences and share a common goal.

What do you love most about your work on the committee?

I love to see firsthand what our actions are doing for the community. Only the smallest things like putting up a Pride display can do have a great impact on people. I’ve seen teenagers go wide-eyed at the display and happy to see themselves represented and expressly welcome to the room. I love that the most. To make our LGBTQ + community feel welcome, valid, safe and represented.

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