|Mark St. John|
As we've seen the polls swing around to support LGBTQIA causes, it's been because people like Mark St. John stood up and demanded that people in power listen. No one does anything worth note without shaking some trees and rocking some boats, and Mark was no different.
I'll always remember now the last time I saw him. Zach Adamson held a birthday party for his husband, Christian Mosburg, on September 26. It was a really good night where several friends got together and watched a movie, ate some great chili, and enjoyed each other's company before parting and going our separate ways again.
Mark was there. I noticed he was nursing a sore foot, so we talked about that for a bit. "This will heal," I remember Mark saying. He looked good. Certainly, I had no idea that he'd be gone in less than a month.
Never ever take for granted those friends you have. You never know when it will be your last conversation with them. I never saw Mark leave that night, so I wish I would have at least had a chance to say so long.
Thanks to Mark for all he did to advance LGBTQIA causes in Indiana, and thanks for being a pioneer who spoke out when speaking out on these issues was not popular. At least he lived long enough to see a world where equality took on a whole new meaning.
Rest easy, friend.