Because I'm Proud- One Mom's Journey to Become the Best Damn Ally She Can Be
What are you hoping for today? I think that you are here because you either travel the same road I do as an LGBTQIA+ Ally, or maybe you’re a member of the community. Either way, if you could have one wish for this rainbow of beautiful humans, what would it be?
My wish for this community is total acceptance. I think that would cover it, don’t you? No more violence. No more discrimination. No more fear. My beautiful gay children and yours certainly deserve no less than to walk through their lives, never needing to worry about their safety based on who they love.
I hope that there is a day when violence and discrimination against the LGBTQIA+ community is a thing of the past, a day when we don’t need a word like “heteronormative”, a time when there is no need to “come out of the closet”, a day when we don’t create division by categorizing people by sexual orientation, a day when people are accepted and celebrated for who they are no matter who they love.
I started to write today on a different topic, but thoughts about legislation and hate and crimes against the LGBTQIA+ community kept pressing in. Some days, the reality of bias and intolerance, and cruelty weigh more heavily than on other days. Instead of trying to force the universe today, I decided instead to share what was on my heart. I’m thinking that you might have been in this same place a time or two. Next time you find yourself there, I hope you remember that you are not alone, that there are those of us for whom love is love and who celebrate every single smidge of the LGBTQIA+ rainbow, and will continue to work every day to make that wish of acceptance a reality.
Thanks for being part of this conversation.
With much love,
I’m going to sound old now, but it’s true that when I was growing up we had a limited number of pronouns and he/him/his was used for boys/men, and she/her/hers was used for girls/women. They/them was used for a group of people- or- used if we didn’t know which sex we were referring to.