Monday, June 30, 2008

Happy Pride

Pride celebrations have been going on the last week or so all over the world, and will continue well into July. Over a million people gathered to watch and enjoy the 28th Toronto Gay Pride Parade today.

I'm proud.

I'm proud to live in a country where same sex marriage is legal. I'm grateful to live in a country where it is illegal for people to be jailed, persecuted, beaten or even killed for their sexual orientation.

I'm proud to be able to live my life as I wish. I celebrate and am thankful for activists who made this possible, in my lifetime...the Stonewall riots weren't even 40 years ago.

I'm proud to be constantly learning new ways to be tolerant. I'm proud of the incredible diversity of the gay community. I'm proud of all the mothers, fathers, children and friends who are supportive of their gay loved ones.

I'm proud of the chosen families, who offer so much love.

I'm proud to know people who came out at a time when it was professionally a risky thing to do.

I'm proud of the 10%. You know who you are! Stand up, be proud, I love you!


Kyla said...

Does this mean you are finally out of the invisible closet?

Karen Elmquist said...

Heheheh! Ya think? You goober!