I remember seeing my first Pride Parade during a family reunion in Cleveland, Ohio circa 1999. I remember the vivid images of colorful wild costumes. It was an open celebration on a main street.
I remember when I saw my first onscreen display of affection between a same sexed couple. It was new seeing these things in public and mainstream, but I enjoyed relationships with friends, coworkers, and family members of the LBGTQ+ community long before any of these things. I support their right to love and be in love.
Love has been around an eternity. The recent loss of my husband and soul mate after 26 years of marriage and 37 years of friendship confirms that love was, has always been, and will always be my greatest life experience. I don’t want anyone to miss out on love or be shamed for whom they love. Love is an inalienable right for all human-kind, not just cisgenders and heterosexuals.
Happy Pride Month! As an ally, I (she/her/hers) will continue to learn about the LBGTQ+ community and help remove prejudice and discrimination.