Pride

Happy PRIDto EVERYONE!

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Let me start this post by saying…damn is it good to have Pride. Pride in people being people. Pride in living their best lives openly and freely. Pride in being able to make choices. Pride in not giving a crap about what society thinks. Pride in acceptance. Pride in living lives that create and exude happiness.  Pride in being able to love who your heart desires. Pride in being comfortable in your own skin.  Because at the end of the day…Love is love, people should be who they feel they are and I’m a seriously firm believer in that.

Pride takes on personal meaning for me every year as I grow more and more accepting of my own Bi-Sexuality. And that story is for another posting.

When I had my own child. I knew that I wanted to be the type of mother, that was accepting. Accepting if she chooses to be a lesbian, or transgendered or bisexual or whatever she chooses. Life is hard enough and there are so many obstacles that we have to work and maneuver around that acceptance of who you are as a person, shouldn’t be one of them.  I know how this world works and so I know that everyone, will not agree with my choices to accept my child, however, she decides to go but she’s so important to me that I want her to know that I’m there for her, that I love her and that she is the most important human being in this world to me, so I’d rather accept and have her, than not accept and lose her.  

I hope that people can understand that.  

I’ve never understood, the parents that disown their kids. The religions that turn away people because of their sexual or life preferences (when everyone was created under the same God). The hatred that accompanies this lifestyle and the misunderstanding and unacceptance of peoples right to be different. The world would be a sad place if we were all the same.

Something cool, I found out about yesterday, was the fact that someone petitioned to add black and brown to the rainbow flag to represent “people of color”.  I heard on the radio that a lot of people felt like “The flag doesn’t need new colors” and that ” The flag represents everyone and doesn’t need to specify color”. I think the idea is cool but of course, adding two colors isn’t going to make a difference…I do believe that the flag should represent everyone and that rainbow colors do that just fine.

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I’m all about history and If you care to educate yourself on why PRIDE month is even a thing and about why June 28th holds so much mean know that:

Christopher Street Liberation Day on June 28, 1970 marked the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots with an assembly on Christopher Street and the first Gay Pride march in U.S. history, covering the 51 blocks to Central Park.  

The Stonewall Riots

Just after 3 a.m., a police raid of the Stonewall Inn—a gay club located on New York City’s Christopher Street—turns violent as patrons and local sympathizers begin rioting against the police.

Although the police were legally justified in raiding the club, which was serving liquor without a license among other violations, New York’s gay community had grown weary of the police department targeting gay clubs, many of which had already been closed. Soon, the crowd began throwing bottles at the police. The protest spilled over into the neighboring streets, and order was not restored until the deployment of New York’s riot police.

The Stonewall Riots were followed by several days of demonstrations in New York and was the impetus for the formation of the Gay Liberation Front as well as other gay, lesbian and bisexual civil rights organizations. It’s also regarded by many as history’s first major protest on behalf of equal rights for homosexuals.

Choose acceptance! Choose to allow others to live out the box! Choose to love instead of hate!

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Peace, Love, and PRIDE!

L’Erin 

(And FYI…I take being PRIDEFUL very serious. I had to buy these Nike “BETRUE” Pride edition sneakers because well…I love rainbows and I’m full of PRIDE)

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