Our daughter has attended a wonderful school the last four years and her transition to a new school next year brings our family anxiety. She has been at a progressive, artistic, diverse school where the issue of her having two moms is really old news. Now she will be forced to “come out” in every day discussions as she enters 5th grade in the Fall. Anxiety about being nontraditional will re-enter our lives and we are poised to face it as a family. So with that as a backdrop, let’s talk “pride.”
We all hope one generation will improve on the one before it, at least I do. I recall my first Pride activity vividly because it was an out of body experience for a country girl from rural South Louisiana. I was pretty sure I was the only person like me in my teenage years, and it wasn’t until Pride that I realized I was part of a larger community. Some looked a lot like me and others were pretty bizarre. I have attended many Pride celebrations since that ‘80’s experience.
June is Pride month and I am very proud of Wells Fargo stepping up by developing an “It Gets Better” video to showcase support for anti-bullying across diverse segments. Pride showcases the LGBT community’s need to screw up our courage to be open about our lives at risk of being verbally, emotionally or otherwise abused by family, friends and folks we thought cared. I look forward to the day that Pride month is something that goes by the wayside – and we can focus on the next social justice category. I look forward to the day marches are not required to raise awareness of inequities between my family and my neighbors. I hope to see that day in my lifetime.
Assuming that happens, what will my daughter march to achieve when she is in her 20’s? If I were to guess, she will be marching in other countries where open thinking that all humans are equal have not yet settled into the common consciousness. For what justice issues do you see your children marching?