Poetry for the Purpose of Community Engagement […]
Longtime Ferndale Pride ‘Mascot’ Gordon Matson on Living Long, Proud and Out Loud Whenever someone references “standing on the shoulders” of those who came before them in the fight for equality, they are talking about people like Gordon Matson. Today, it's simply part of local tradition to witness him, ever-changing rainbow costume and all, out and proud as Ferndale's pride mascot. However, before he could become the rainbow headdress-wearing, acceptance-spreading, veritable pope of pride, like most in his position, the Ferndale native spent a large portion of his formative years in the closet.
Jeremy Martin was nearly 5 years old when he received an art kit of paints, drawing pencils and brushes from a family friend. With his newfound creative tools, Martin began experimenting with coloration, he remembers, [...]
Pain wells up in Paula Holly's eyes as she recounts the life that she was never meant to live. As early as 3 years old, she remembers trying to articulate what it meant to be [...]