I have made some new friends and acquaintances at the present column that I would not have done otherwise, for which I am very grateful. Likewise, my respect for certain people who write at Patheos' Pagan channel has increased greatly over the last few years, even if I don't remotely agree with them on a variety of issues. I've also lost friends on this site, which I feel is lamentable, but it seems to be inevitable as well; anyone who comes out about any facet of their life runs the risk of losing friends and associates, but one cannot worry over such things if one's motivating values are truth, authenticity, and a pursuit of one's own destiny as far as divine service is concerned.

While this column may be "going away" in terms of no longer having new installments added to it periodically, it will still be archived here for anyone's reference; I won't be replying to comments much (if at all) once a week or two passes after the present column's posting. I will still be reading some blogs and columns here, and will be participating in T. Thorn Coyle's reading group on The New Jim Crow here as well. And, "Queer I Stand" will not be disappearing entirely: it will resurface again elsewhere, in a slightly different format, with other collaborators and contributors, in a different online venue in the months to come. It will be much better as a collaborative effort rather than a single viewpoint and a sole responsibility of one person—especially one person like myself, who is rather strange in my particular constellation of personal and theological characteristics, and cannot possibly represent anything (be it queerness, polytheism, or any other large category) in a useful, accurate, or comprehensive fashion.

I would, thus, like to close my words at Patheos by thanking everyone who has made my presence here possible, and who has contributed to the conversations held here in diverse ways.

I will end with an echo of how I began this column, as the shadow of where I stood here fades and moves elsewhere: Queer I Stood—by the gods, I can do no other. And by the gods, for I can do no other, I shall still Queerly Stand elsewhere in the future.