I'll warn you ahead of time, this post is a bit of a platform piece for me. I am generally not an overly confrontational person, and try to avoid talks of politics & religion, but we all have our causes, and for me one of my biggest passions is fighting for equal rights for the LGBT community. I know that not everyone will agree with my views, including some people close to me, but at the end of the day I just want everyone to be happy and have the right to love who they want, and I'll never be ashamed to admit my beliefs on this matter.
Last weekend was Pride weekend throughout the country. In cities all across America members of the LGBT community and their supporters came out to celebrate being proud of who we all are - whether that be gay, straight, bi, questioning, etc. This Pride weekend was an extra special one since the Friday before New York passed a legislation allowing gay marriage. I couldn't be more thrilled in this step towards equality for all! Sunday was the day that most cities hosted the 2011 Pride Parade. My cousin Bridget lives near the parade route (as do we, albeit on the other end!) and recently moved, so she hosted a morning housewarming brunch, followed by everyone heading over to watch the parade.
The parade was such a blast. I want to dispel the notion that it was just a bunch of gay people prancing about in flamboyant outfits. The parade was comprised of members of the LGBT community as well as people who support them. Companies such as Walgreens, Orbitz, Macys, and many local businesses had floats to show their dedication to the community. Several politicians also marched. The parade represented many different communities all tied together by one theme - acceptance. Tim & I were really excited to take Timmy to the parade, as it is incredibly important for us to raise him to be tolerant and loving of all cultures of people. No, we're not saying to him "you should be gay!" but we want him to grow up knowing that no matter who he is we love him. As long as he is a loving person, who cares about others, then we're happy. Our love isn't limited by who he decides to love, what career path he chooses, what his religious beliefs turn out to be. He is loved and accepted no matter what. Hopefully by exposing him to many different ways of life, in a joyful fashion, he will in turn out to be a loving person who cares for all people of our world.
Timmy was quite a hit at the parade. He danced to the music from the floats and had his picture taken by many a person in the crowd. Cousin Bridget gave him a pinwheel which he waved proudly. Aside from a few protestors yelling at us on the way home (shouldn't they have been raptured by now?!?) it was a lovely day. And even that didn't ruin the day. If anything it emphasized to me that it isn't my place to judge others, and being hateful really goes against what I think God would want from us. To love others and leave the judging to a higher power. We were just there to have fun - and we did!!
All right, if you made it this far you are now rewarded w/pictures of Timmy from the parade! Thanks for reading!
Watching the parade with Daddy & cousin Bridget
It was super hot so Timmy had a popsicle treat.
Me & Bridget
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