Happy Pride Day. Today our trans son is celebrating. 24 years ago we unwittingly scheduled our wedding on Pride Day. Some friends fittingly missed our straight wedding to celebrate their identity while they marched for their rights. Others gay friends were generous to give up their place in the parade to witness our wedding. And everyone had to deal with the traffic that was rerouted to accommodate the crowds and the parade. Larry and I realized then the privilege we enjoyed by being able to get married in 1997.
The world has come a long way since then. It took another 14 years for same sex marriage to be legalized in New York state. Yet in many ways we have a long way to go. I see this as Alex enjoys the freedom to be himself among his friends, however, he gets judged in others’ company. Not all, but some.
When I was young, I naively believed love would heal all. I am a true believer in love. And I believe we all have the right to love. But healing often takes love, respect, compassion, listening, non-judgement, hard work, and much more. Love can be a foundation for change, but it’s not a one-word solution.
I hope I see a time when all will enjoy the undeniable rights of living freely in an accepting world. One in which expression and personal sovereignty are available to all.
- Take an action for pride month in a way that supports LGBTQIA movements, organizations, groups or individuals
- Celebrate summer. Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables, have a BBQ, take a nature walk, or enjoy summer in any way that you like.
- Enjoy a summer nap. There’s nothing like taking a break in the heat of summer.