Archives for August 2013

Unashamed

Today I spent time at the Charlotte Pride Festival with my daughter, Arianna. As you’d expect, we saw lots of inspiring people standing up for love, tolerance, acceptance and progress.

Charlotte Pride Festival 2013

Rachel and Ari at 2013 Charlotte Pride Parade

Ari and I had a great time, cheering on groups and talking about the wonderful people I get to interview this week for my work-in-progress.

Ari did my eyes and Sophie did my face paint

Ari did my eyes and Sophie did my face paint

The protesters were there, of course…

This protester was ranting and raving at one point

This protester was ranting and raving at one point

Protesters at Charlotte Gay Pride Festival 2013

Protesters at Charlotte Gay Pride Festival 2013

I love living in the South… except for the religious condemnation, such as this…

Protesters Gay Pride Festival

But at least there were some clever people there to lighten things up a bit.

Clever pro Gay protester

I find myself amazed that so many religions condemn homosexual activity. I firmly believe that any god who created someone gay, bi or transgendered would love that person just the way he/she created that person to be! I also believe that creator would celebrate each and every one of his or her creations living out what love relationships came naturally to that person.

Which is, of course, one of the main reasons I am working on my book. I hope to open minds within the religious community that currently condemns, suppresses and oppresses.

There were a lot of inspiring people marching and volunteering today, but my favorite group was this one:

Undocuqueer and Unashamed

Undocuqueer and Unashamed

These people were enthusiastically chanting something like:

“No papers, no fear

A bunch of queers are marching here!

Unashamed! Unashamed! Unashamed!”

I didn’t actually know there was a particular or unusual challenge for gay undocumented immigrants before researching it today (Click here and here and here to learn more about the specific challenges gay undocumented immigrants have faced), but I loved several things about this group in particular:

Their enthusiasm – unbridled.

Their joy – contagious.

Their message: UNASHAMED.

To me, that’s what this whole movement is about. The right to live your life, as you are, who you are, completely unashamed. Proud of being straight, gay, bi, or transgendered. Able to live freely, with pride, with dignity, with respect. Free from condemnation or fear.

Unashamed.

Unashamed

Unashamed

Unashamed

Unashamed

Unashamed!

Unashamed!