I remember the first time I talked to my parents about people being gay. My dad used to travel a lot when I was a kid, and he would eat out constantly at restaurants. This is probably why he always wanted to eat spaghetti and macaroni and tomatoes when he got home. But I digress.
I must have been in my early teens when he was back from Vancouver and was telling the story. He talked about taking a colleague to one of his favorite steakhouses. The man who was with him really enjoyed the steak, and complemented dad on his choice of restaurant. Somewhere around dessert, however, the man noticed that there were only same-sex couples in the restaurant. He looked at my dad surprised, and questioned him somewhat accusingly about his choice of restaurants. My dad told us that he had simply shrugged, and said “it has good steak!”
This little story of my dad’s set a tone in our family. Everybody eats. Everybody loves. Everybody has family. Sometimes the externals look different, but underneath, all humans are fundamentally the same. Dad didn’t care that he was eating steak at a gay bar, or how that may have looked to his colleague. The food was the important thing.
Thank goodness we had this experience, as all if us kids have had our lives enriched by friends and family who are LGTB.
Today, I’m proud that our blog will wear purple to support spirit day, a day when we stand up to bullying for LGTB youth. Everyone should feel safe in their school, and at work, and in their families.
Our Canadian Charter of Human Rights ensures that, legally, we should not be allowed to discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
Unfortunately, everyday actions don’t always reflect our basic rights. Today is a day to think about the way we talk, the way we tell stories to work kids, the way we treat our friends, and the way we treat all other people we encounter.
I’m posting this song because, #1 I think it is extremely beautiful, and because, #2 it has real meaning to me. The way the lady sings “she keeps me warm” is exactly the way I feel about my husband.
Enjoy the song if you are hearing it for the first time, or the hundredth time. I hope you listen to the lyrics and give an extra hug to your self, or anyone else who has faced discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Happy spirit day.
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