June means many awesome happenings in our home. Birthdays, Father’s Day, etc. This post is focused on something a bit more personal, and to me, something very important that occurs in June: LGBT Pride Month.
One of our children is bisexual and will be attending their first Pride parade later this month. I’m so excited for them! While I’m tempted to tag along, I don’t want to be “that mom.” At least not this year. I want them to have a ton of fun and be able to express themselves fully. I don’t think that will happen if mom is hovering by their side.
However, we did have a great time picking out what they are wearing to the parade. I took that opportunity to talk about what an amazing time this is in our country.
While we still have a long way to go when it comes to the rights of those in our LGBT community (which boggles my mind), I’m so grateful at how far we’ve come since the Stonewall riots in New York City fifty years ago. I want my child to appreciate the literal blood, sweat, and tears of the people who made it possible for them to openly celebrate their sexuality and also be prepared for possible protesters at the parade.
My hope is that my child will have a great time, make new friends, and feel the love and support of such a welcoming community.
What was your first big event without your parents tagging along?
Mine was attending a heavy metal concert. Talk about having my little doe eyes open. Okay, fine. By then I wasn’t quite so innocent, still, it was quite the event.