As one of the first featured columnist on Oasis (I began writing monthly almost two years ago in March 1996), I have had a chance to see Oasis grow and change, and I've had a chance to grow and change with it.
Over the last two years I've gotten innumerable email from young persons all over the United States and the world detailing how wonderful it is to have an outlet such as Oasis for young queers.
Oasis, in particular, has given me a venue to share my experiences with a wider audience who at some time or another may find themselves facing similar tasks, triumphs, or difficulties.
Oasis has become a web zine that in turn I can look to for advice and support, it is a fixture in my life that reminds me that I am not alone in my efforts to make this country and this world a better place. Oasis holds a special place in my life, and Jeff Walsh is completely to praise.
Jeff deserves more praise and recognition that he has received. There have been many a time when my column was far far far overdue and yet Jeff only threatened my life once or twice to get it in. I've promised Jeff about a thousand times that I would have my column in on time, and I don't think it has happened more than a handful of times.
I've had private communications with Jeff where I was able to lay out problems or successes I was having, and he in turn responded as a friend with advice and understanding. I've listened to Jeff as he laid out his dreams and hopes for Oasis, and I've been privileged to see many of his visions for Oasis come true. And so, because of all of Jeff's hard work and dedication, I say thank you.
Oasis is becoming a fixture in the world of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth. And it is one that I am proud to have played a part in creating. Thank you Oasis, and thanks to all of you who have made Oasis what it is today.