A Tree Grows in the Tower: Community Link's Tree Dedication to the LGBT Community

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Saturday, 28 May 2011 11:33
  • Written by Kaylia M. Metcalfe

This morning a dozen supporters gathered at the corner of Fulton and Alhambra to take part in a tree dedication.

 

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The tree, a Chinese Pistache, a Winterfire which will someday reach heights of 40-50 feet, was planted by Community Link to honor those in the LGBT community who have been bullied and victimized and to be a living embodiment of the promise of their allies to continue to make the world a better, and safer, place for all of us.

 

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The plaque reads: “This Tree Dedicated to All GLBT Victims Of Bullying 3/19/11”

 

The tree stands in a repurposed medium that now boats flowers and flags as part of the reclaimed part of the street: The Rainbow Parkette/Pride Plaza. This area, with the help of Tree Fresno and the PG&E Pride group is a small bastion of peace in the heart of the Tower, just one block away from the Fresno LGBT Community Center.

 

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As part of the ceremony the following poem was read. It felt more than simply “a good fit” for the occasion, the sentiments of the poem as taken in light of the message we want to send the LGBT youth is one of strength and support.

 

Advice from a Tree By Ilan Shamir

Dear Friend,
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night.
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Simple pleasures
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Be flexible
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!

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Planting a tree is truly “a modest form of immortality.” Let us hope that like this tree our community will stand tall and proud. Let us continue to work together to stop bullying and the victimization of our members.

For more information about Community Link, click here . For more information about PG&E Pride Network and their scholarship foundation, click here . For more information about Tree Fresno, click here . And, lastly, for more information about next week’s Pride Parade and Festival, click here!