June is rolling by quickly! I’ve finally had time to take a breath and write a blog!

As I write and delete what I want to say, my mind is racing all over the place. There is so much to say about Pride Month I don’t know where to begin and keep it short.

After thinking about this for awhile, I’ve decided that my message is that Pride is about inclusiveness and love. That’s all it is. Every being on the plant that has a brain, is driven to feel love and acceptance from others. We all want to be loved. We all want to be understood. We all want to be heard. That’s part of the human condition.

So before you judge someone and we all do it. I do it too, I would encourage you to stop for a moment and think about the impact your words, feelings or judgement have on another person. We are repeatedly told that each one of us fights inner battles that others know nothing about.

Yet we waste no time in instantly judging someone if they seem too different than we are. It doesn’t matter what the differences are, we can even subconsciously judge someone.

Please take the time to stop yourself from this automatic response. I’m working on this within myself and many times I stumble and fail. But I’m going to keep trying.

As many people know, I am the mother of a gay son. So when people judge the Alphabet community, I judge them right back without stopping to try to understand their point of view. I’ve always been an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, long before I had a son who just happens to be gay.

I don’t care for labels. Labels cause one to put people in boxes and define them as being that particular label. And that label is whatever we think of that defines it. I don’t think anyone can be completely defined as a label society slaps on them.

We all have a responsibility to one another to find understanding and to educate ourselves about diversity.

Be the change, as the signs say. Be the change.

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