Love is love
LGBTQ+ pride month, which falls in June, calls us to remember that love is love, regardless of which gender you love.
It is a time to give extra attention to the discrimination the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit Queer, and Questioning (LGBT+) community faces.
It is a time to learn more about why we need an LGBTQ pride. It’s because those of us who are or present as straight can hold hands with and give a kiss to our partners without fear of bad looks, negative comments, or physical assault.
It is also a time to consider our own feelings and thoughts related to the LGBT+ community and challenge those that might be hurtful. Well-being Waterloo Region has a great challenge on right now to help us get familiar with our own biases (P.S. you can win prizes for participating).
Personally, I am reminded of my less than stellar reaction to a close friend who came out to me years ago. While my love for my friend did not waver, my initial reaction of surprise communicated that my acceptance of them, or a piece of them, was not a given.
I’ll never be able to take back my reaction, though I forever wish I could. What I can do though is continue to educate myself and others about the importance of supporting Pride month as a way to bring attention to the subtle and not so subtle discrimination the LGBTQ+ community faces.