|Photo description||: A rainbow coloured heart with the word love written across it over the rest of the sentiment ... makes a family.|
Oh, how they have changed.
I got up this morning to a really nice email from a fellow in Toronto telling me that his great niece had seen me present in Calgary and had been inspired by my presentation. That's always nice to hear, of course, but I wondered why he was writing to tell me this. He then said that he too was gay, fat and a bit older than me. Clearly his great niece had describe me as well as my presentation. Also very cool.
But what I want to write about is what happened.
A young woman attends a conference, hears a speaker that reminds her of her gay uncle, who she then, afterwards, calls. She is clearly close to this man. She clearly had a drive to share her experiences with him.
There was a time, not long ago, where lgbtqq people simply disappeared out of their families lives. Often disinvited. More often made to feel, by attitudes and by behaviour, unwelcome. Everyone lost, of course, and no one will ever know the cost of that mutual abandonment.
But here, in Calgary, a young woman rushes to call her gay uncle in Toronto.
They are family.
Maybe instead of 'family values' we should be working towards the day where families, like this one, value each other.
What a great way to start the day!!