Sunday, January 12, 2014

An Important Message From Petr Hastings-Vanbeeck, Presiding Chair of Second Pride

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Update:  There is a very interesting conversation on this matter over at Bock's blog:

From Petr Hastings-Vanbeeck, Presiding Chair of Second Pride

This past year has been a difficult time for Second Pride. It began way before the election over the summer with the unfortunate activities surrounding that hate blog and all the nastiness heaped at certain sitting members of the board and members of the community at large.

The election was a downright disgrace to the community with all the evilness that erupted and the clear violations of SL/LL TOS, which included the spreading of information about candidates first lives.

When the new board took hold it appeared it was going to be a very interesting year, with it made up of a wide range of people.

Let me address the first 2 resignations and this is my personal opinion, I don't believe they had any intention of staying on the board once the election results were known. I don't know this for fact but just seems that way.

These two positions were filled as quickly as possible. The build director came in with the unenviable task of rebuilding the Second Pride sim after all the buildings and landscaping were taken. This really brought the board and members of the community together to help rebuild and move forward.

The position of Marketing Director was declared to be vacant after the failure of the person elected to communicate directly with the board regarding failure to show up to meetings. The by-laws of the Second Pride allow for this after three consecutive meetings without contact.

Due to unfortunate circumstances, the elected chair of the board resigned for personal reasons.

The Security Director stopped showing up and/or communicating with the board and was replaced after three meetings.

The board has had a rough year and needs people willing to work and move forward. This is a board that is reaching out to work with various groups within the "community."

The recent departure of the Events Director is unfortunate, but understandable. He worked hard at what he did, but unfortunately was being harassed and questioned incessently from the outside. And had to work against those forces in trying to organize events and schedule entertainers. He was accused of a lot of things, all of which in my mind were totally unjust and uncalled for.

The board makes an effort to try to include the interests of as many people and groups as possible. The board isn't there to only serve one "group" within the diverse LGBT community within SL. There are constant ramblings that only a certain group is being represented by the entertainers that perform at Pride events. This is all coming from folks that haven't been to an event and are just repeating accusations that started back in September. All one has to do is look at the list of people who have graciously volunteered their time and you will see that this accusations if far from the truth.

While I am on the topic the events director sent multiple notecards and requests to every entertainer he could find. If they chose not to respond for some reason or another it is far from being the fault of the Events Director.

As chair of the board, I see a strong team that is here trying really hard to repair the damage that was done to the reputation of the organization during 2013 leading up to the annual Pride Festival and during the elections. The board welcomes construction input (about what we have done well) and suggestions (on how we might do better) and we hope to get back on a regular meeting schedule now that the holidays are over.

Please feel free to contact me or any member of the board if you have suggestions or comments. I would suggest putting them on a notecard cause we all know how LL likes to cap our msgs or even worse lose them.

The Second Pride Festival is just beginning to take shape and is planned for June. More details will be coming soon. We also have some fun events planned for later in the spring as well.

Thanks you all.

Petr Hastings-Vanbeeck
Presiding Chair - Second Pride

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