It’s June and you know what that means, right? It’s Pride Month! Usually, I’d dedicate a podcast episode to let you know of my coming out story but it’s already been said, so instead of re-recording that again, I’ll make a post here.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The riots inspired the formation of many gay rights organisations such as GLAAD, PFLAG, and the Human Rights Campaign. As we honour the legacy of the Stonewall riots and the other riots that led to it, we celebrate the progress made by the LGBTQ community, but must also acknowledge the distance we still have to go to achieve full equality. Find a Pride event near you at HRC.org/pride.
I’ll be honest with you: I never, ever thought I would be able to get married to a man. I really have to honour those before me and those of you now who have worked so hard to progress the basic rights I have now as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Without the bravery and strength of those people before me, I know I wouldn’t be living as happy as I am now. So thank you for attending pride marches. Thank you for everything you do!
Comfort in my Own Skin–A Work in Progress
A few times in my podcast, I’ve said that it’s taken me a while to really accept who I am. I’ve realised that I’m not really 100% gay. I do like men more, and I guess that’s a good thing because I ended up marrying a guy. I’m happy with that. It’s not like I’m going to wake up tomorrow and decide I don’t like men anymore. I feel like I miss out on a few things, but I see it as a trade-off. That’s okay. I accept that.
Though I have moved to a rural/remote area of Australia, I can still be myself. My thinking is that if people don’t like me for who I love, and they want to give me a hard time, I’ll just leave them at it. Liking men doesn’t make me a terrible, evil person, no matter what someone thinks. They can disagree with me being gay, but I won’t force myself to change, and no one else can do that for me.
The thing now is that I am pretty content with who I am. Sometimes, people do say some negative things about me and it’s hard to let that go, especially for me. I need to learn to let that negativity drift away. It’s a work in progress, remember? 🙂
Again, Happy Pride Month!
Celebrate! Love yourself! Love other people (as much as possible–It’s not easy sometimes). Be kind to others and remember not everybody will agree with you. Just try to coexist if you have to and remove the negative people out of your life if you have to! Much love to every single one of you!