The AfterEllen.com Huddle: What we’re thankful for this year

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It’s the last Huddle before Thanksgiving, so what are you thankful for this year?

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Bridget McManus: I’m thankful for my amazing, loving and supportive wife. She really is my better half. I’m also thankful for Italian food, which is what I make to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Erin Faith Wilson: I am thankful for every person who has shown my wife and I support over the last few years. Every encouraging message, every listening ear and every shoulder we have cried on has not gone unnoticed. Thank you to all who have been there for us in some capacity. You have helped in more ways than you know.

Dara Nai: I’m thankful for my very hot, very smart wife who’s also fun, funny, and sane. We laugh every day and never get sick of each other. Also, I’m thankful for my gang of great friends who never cease to amaze me with their creativity, generosity and camaraderie. It’s an embarrassment of riches, really.

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Lucy Hallowell: I have a lot to be thankful for in a year that has some seriously shitty moments. I have truly incredible friends who are there for me without question. But I am most thankful for is the fact that I am married to someone who over and over and over again shows up for me. She shows up when it’s hard and not very fun and scary. She shows up for my family and gives herself freely to help them. She’s an amazing mom to our girls and sets an example that I try to live up to. And goodness she’s just so damn funny and knows just when to pat me on the head and say, “Baby, why don’t you just go have an introvert timeout?”

Lindsay King-Miller: Oh, dude, if I listed everything I’m thankful for we’d be here all day. The short list: my incredible supportive partner; said incredible supportive partner getting pregnant after a year and a half of trying; my amazing family and friends; my cats; coffee with eggnog; and Sleater-Kinney getting back together.

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Elaine Atwell: So this was the year I changed everything. I moved, ended my LTR, quit waitressing, and ditched cigarettes. And I am so thankful to my family for sheltering me, supporting me, believing in me, and driving me across the country. I am deeply grateful to my friends for listening to me and cheering me up. I am unbelievably thankful to have work that I love and that gives me purpose. And there’s a certain girl with a jawline like Superman and eyes like a frozen lake who I’m thankful to for making me want to be my best self every day.

Dana Piccoli: I am beyond thankful for my wife, Lana, who is patient beyond measure, funny, brilliant and a total hottie. I’m so thankful for my parents who came through big time for me this year. I’m also very thankful for Lexapro. I quietly started taking it a couple months ago to combat anxiety and OCD symptoms, and it’s been one of the best decisions of my life. It’s allowed me to release the tight hold I’ve had over my emotions and vulnerability for so long now. I feel like my most authentic self again.

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Ali Davis: Last year at this time I was working a day job I loathed and couldn’t see any way out of it. I am grateful every single day to be freelancing again and for all the support I had in getting there. I ditched a job with a retirement plan and no one in my family freaked out on me. I’m grateful to have that wonderful family and also my fantastic friends who cheer me when good things happen and WTF with me when they don’t.

Both my cats were once stray kittens and always had a bit of that wary stray distance except for very specific times. This is the year they both really got the hang of extended lazy cuddling while I’m reading or sleeping or watching a movie, and it’s the best. I’m really enjoying that carefully earned trust. Especially when one of them whumps right down on top of my hands when I’m trying to write.
 
I’m incredibly, mind-blowingly, heart-burstingly thankful to everyone who kicked in for or supported or retweeted the fundraiser for my play. I honestly didn’t think we’d fund it when I put it up, but so many wonderful people helped out—old friends and new friends and people I hadn’t met before and even some total strangers. It’s been astonishing and wonderful and I am so grateful that I’m actually going to see it on its feet. I will do my best to do you proud.

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