I had the honor this week of accepting the Wonder Women Award on behalf of hotpot! from the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund’s Wonder Women Committee. This is an incredible group of women who raise funds and awareness to impact issues affecting the lives of LGBTQ women. Each March, the committee (some members with whom hotpot! has collaborated over the years) spotlights a local organization whose work has helped to improve the lives of women and women-identified folks as a celebration of Women’s History Month.
As I was happy to discover, not just one or two, but several of the Wonder Women nominated hotpot! (along with a select few other organizations) for the honor! DVLF will be featuring hotpot! on its website and Facebook page, so check it out!
As a group that recruits members mostly by spreading word of our joyful monthly celebrations of queer and API roots, with food and with silly to risque to heavier connection-making conversations, it was really nice to be reminded that, along the way, we have also made a marked, affirmative impact among the community (allies included) that surround and support us. Folks speak highly of our collaborations on the immigration issues forums and through workshops at the TransHealth Conference, to name a couple. And they expect to hear more from us soon about the impending NQAPIA Regional Summit that we are hosting this July!
I wanted to share this so that you will give yourself a hearty pat on the back (or however you choose to show self-love and -pride) for each dish (be it tasty food or juicy gossip) you’ve brought to a potluck, each event you’ve helped with in any capacity, each time you’ve passed out a hotpot! card to a cute, maybe-API person at the Dyke March as an excuse to talk to them. You’re why hotpot! is known and respected in our amazing community.
May the (vegan/cage-, hormone-, gluten-, GMO-free/bacon-adoring) food flow plentifully at many potlucks to come!