PRIDE

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I started walking in the Gay Pride Parade many years ago, to support a friend who was HIV positive and who has subsequently died.

At the time, Original Bunn was about six months old and was wheeled along in her pram or carried by me.

Setting out to Pride 1998: (sorry, photographed from an old newspaper clipping)

Until she started school, she was unaware of homophobia or discrimination against LGBT people; some people in her life were in same-sex relationships, simple as that; her godparents are a gay couple.  But one day at school a small boy called another a faggot and she was outraged to the point of tears. She wrote a letter to the school principle and insisted that the boy be taken to task.

The Parade has become a highlight of our calendar; I don’t walk anymore, but we make a picnic on the sidewalk and watch the floats come in to Zoo Lake. 

SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF

From Wikipedia:

South Africa has a diverse history when it comes to the legal and social status of LGBT people as a result of traditional South African mores, western imperialism, Apartheid and the human rights movement that contributed to the down fall of apartheid. South Africa’s post-apartheid constitution was the first in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation, and on 1 December 2006 South Africa made history by becoming the fifth country in the world and first in Africa to legalise same-sex marriage.

My beautiful, proud,  gay rights-campaigning child with Mr. Gay SA and Ms. Drag SA in the 2008 parade:

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47 thoughts on “PRIDE

  1. Cindy…this post has special meaning to me…also lost a very dear friend many moons ago and share your sentiment on every level!! LOOK AT THOSE PINS!!!! Sexy YOU…as I know you are!! Biggggggggg hugs to OB oxoxox (and you of course) oxox

  2. I thought you’d do this. And it’s great. Thank you.

    We have come a long way legally, but to win over the minds of those scared of what is different, that will take time.

    All good people can have pride in themselves

  3. When I look at this photo, Cin, and read your article, I respect your parenting success so very much. It is a great triumph to be able to live knowing the difference between tolerance and acceptance. Good God. Who wants to be tolerated?

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  5. Several things in this post of which to be proud. Kudos, Cindy! And kudos to your lovely young daughter for taking a stand. Clearly she learned well what her parents had to teach. 🙂

    Love the photo. Check out those legs!!! 🙂 Me too once. Gone are the day …. at least for me. 🙂

  6. Excellent piece, Cindy.
    I hadn’t been aware of the term LGBT before. I have followed the link , so thank you for enlightening me.

  7. can’t believe the legs on you even AFTER you had Bunn… just catching up and drooling at your food (as usual) and moaning to myself (as usual) I never comment on wordpress because it is so difficult to create them!

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