Pride

Yes, I’m going to talk about Pride.
If you know me in the slightest (even if all our interactions are “virtual”), this really shouldn’t surprise you.

June is Pride Month – a month-long celebration of learning, teaching, seeing, and being.

Why June?
June was when the Stonewall Riots occurred: when the LGBTQIA+ community said no more and fought back against senseless and unprovoked abuse.

Why a rainbow?
Because different types of people can blend together to make something beautiful without losing any of themselves along the way. (Here’s an article if you want it)

Why am I posting this?
Because “if your family doesn’t support you, I’m your mom now” is not a t-shirt logo: it’s a fact of my life that has given me more children than I’ve birthed and I love them all.
Because my sibling is an amazing human and I love them with all my heart.
Because no one should be made to hate themselves for something over which they have no control.
Because my cousin and her fiance are both beautiful, intelligent, talented women who deserve every moment of happiness the universe will give them.
Because the world is a richer place with technicolor.
Because as a cis-woman in a “traditional” marriage, my bisexuality has become invisible and – in case you were unaware – invisible’s not really my color. I didn’t choose my husband for the way our bodies fit together – I chose him for the way our souls fit together. That doesn’t change who I am.

What does this mean as far as you, the reader, are concerned?
Not much, really. There might be a little more deliberate representation, but my genres aren’t changing… established characters aren’t changing…

You know why?

Simple.

It’s not a phase.
It’s not a decision.
It’s not a choice.
It just is.

Kind of like love.

And respect.

I’ve lived 41 years in a place where Metallica’s “Eye of the Beholder” is an uncomfortably accurate description of life. June 4, 2021 was the first time I’ve ever seen a local government official reverse their decision based on the humanity of the issue and regardless of the potential political backlash.

I am hesitant to believe this is a sign of better times ahead but it’s a sign of things being better today… which is better than it was yesterday and hopefully not as good as tomorrow.

Until next time, friends…
Someone in your world is part of the LGBTQIA+ community…
Maybe someone you love…
…and they need you. 🏳️‍🌈

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