Side View’s weekend theme this week is ‘Pride“. Please see here for background on the theme or to participate:

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. 


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:


47 Comments Add yours

  1. buttercup600 says:

    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

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ve been to too many funerals … 😦

      1. Me too Cinds – but as, the treatment and prevention progress to new levels we have hope. Let’s hope that attitudes keep up with progress! Great Post Cindy darling – fab legs! hehehe ……

  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

    1. theonlycin says:

      It will take time, yes.

  3. Madmom says:

    Great legs, Cindy!
    It’s a worthwhile walk.

    1. theonlycin says:

      erm, thanks Madmom …

  4. souldipper says:

    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?

  5. slpmartin says:

    You know the more I get to know you…the more you amaze me my friend…I need to get to bed…ah but that had to be said. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Charlie, humble thanks.

  6. Kudos to you on your parenting! Give yourself a pat on the back! And talk about a sexy pair of legs!
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Eish, thanks, but perhaps I should have cropped the photo!

  7. Supa says:

    What a great post, nice legs Cin!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Aiyeee, thanks Supa!

  8. Tandy says:

    we should embrace the uniqueness of everyone!

  9. Go, Bunn! The smile says it all. What a beautiful daughter you have.
    And that picture, Cindy. You look wonderful 🙂 Oh, to wear a pair of shorts with such aplomb!

  10. leigh says:

    Proud Mary 🙂

  11. I share your sentiments fully, Cindy.
    Sunshine xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Have a warm and happy weekend, Sunshire. xxx

  12. 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. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      *sigh* me too, Jamie 😉

  13. gospelwriter says:

    I’m proud to have heart-friends like you, Cin! Thank you for this wonderful, inspiring post.

  14. nrhatch says:

    “What long legs you have, my dear.”
    “All the better to march with pride.”

    Excellent post. Thanks, Cin!

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL, you funny thing! xxx

  15. suzicate says:

    What a wonderful example you are for your daughter and your daughter is for all young people to stand up for others. You both are inspirations!

  16. Pseu says:

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

  17. nursemyra says:

    I can’t wait for the day my son can marry his boyfriend

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s not legal in Australia???

  18. Tammy McLeod says:

    I am so proud of your pride Cindy! A very nice post.

  19. Val says:

    Great gams, a huge heart and a truck load of wisdom. You are a heavy duty personage Cindy. hugs

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, Val. LOL … had to Google ‘gams’ 😉

  20. libraschild says:

    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!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I understand, LC, thanks for the visit. I continue to read your posts in my email inbox. xxx

  21. Tokeloshe says:

    Love the photo of Original Bunn.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for visiting, Tok.

  22. Krokodil says:

    OMW, Cin, those legs!

  23. Naomi says:

    Good for you and OB, Cindy…oh yes, what a hot pair of pins!!

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