Ryland Whittington ~

The-Whittingtons-300x209 10407872_10152072469157032_6170729355099373110_nParenting is one of the most rewarding yet challenging trips you can take. It teaches us patience, understanding and allows our heart to grow bigger than we ever imagined. Love never runs out!

This story made me smile from the centre of my being! I LOVE this family! If we had more accepting human beings in the world we would all learn to reach for the stars more often! Ryland Whittington’s story is the epitome of truly loving unconditionally and most importantly listening to the dreams and wishes of your child. We need to allow them to follow their instincts that are deep inside of who they truly are.

Sometimes, life requires us to question our pre-existing notions and norms of what we were taught. It requires us to truly think about what’s important to us and what really matters. We hope you find this story as inspirational and touching as we did.”

~Tracy

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I Give A Damn!

I had another post ready for today about Internet Dating but after watching Larry King Live, it just seemed trivial compared to this.

The Give a Damn Campaign is a project of the True Colors Fund, founded by Cyndi Lauper. The True Colors Fund works to inspire and engage everyone, especially the straight community, to get involved in the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.

As an advocate for more than 25 years, Cyndi has worked to bring her straight peers on board in support of equality. As she says, “If one us is not equal, none of us are.” (taken from We Give A Damn website)

I joined We Give a Damn and you should too! It doesn’t matter if your gay or straight, you should still give a damn! Bullying is everywhere, not just directed at gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, it’s also directed at those who are straight. Bullying was in my biggest fear having a son entering into Middle School. It can be a parents worst nightmare, because as we’ve seen in the News it can lead to suicide. No one should ever be made to feel like taking their own life is the only solution. Kids need to know that their lives will get better and it will pass, but only if we join together and see to it! Being bullied can happen to anyone, a child, teens and adults. It’s unacceptable. Bullies are cowards who prey on others because of their own insecurities. The problem lies beneath their skin, not those who are being bullied!

My girlfriends son was bullied just last week, not for being gay, for being new to a school. It was horrible to hear what her son had to go through, it breaks my heart! As parents, coaches and teachers we need to take a stand and not accept any tolerance to any kind of behaviour that remotely resembles bullying! Take a stand, I did!

Follow We Give A Damn on Twitter ! And to join Give A Damn Campaign on Facebook!

We Give A Damn, if you do you’ll check it out too, it has so much information!

Kids can help too, here is a great example of how ~


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What Can Everyone Learn from Gay Pride?

TracyTracy’s Take~

Pride Parade is today in Vancouver!

I think everyone can learn from those who blaze the trails before us.  Gay Pride has shown me that with your voice however small it may seem, mountains can be moved.

When you live your life proud and authentic you are miles ahead of those who judge.  Being Gay has not been an easy path for many.  Those who are Proud of being Gay make me smile. I have never understood how someones sexual preference is anyone elses business but the two who love one another.  Love is love whether it’s experienced with a man or a women.

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Think of the world for a moment without those who are willing to stand up for the rights of human beings.  These individuals do this knowing they will be judged by many.  They have chosen a lifestyle that is not understood or accepted STILL by many.  I find it heart breaking that there are young souls in the world who are afraid to confide in their families for fear of being shunned and not loved.  No soul should have to endure such conflict just to live their life how they feel drawn to.

I celebrate along side of all the Gays, lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgenders who are living truthfully and are setting examples for those who are not yet ready for that journey.  I embrace each soul I meet with open arms and an open mind.  I accept and don’t judge how each one chooses to live their life.  After all it is our life to live!  We can all learn from one another.  What have you learned from Gay Pride Ladies?

jacquieJacquie’s 2 cents~

This is a bit more difficult for me to answer because I don’t have a lot of first hand experience dealing with prejudice of this sort.  I don’t remember my gay friends in high school being treated any differently from the rest of us and I certainly didn’t see anything hurtful going on.  Was I naive back then and just thought all was okay?  Probably.  It does make me sad to think of what some might have gone through and that they needed more support than was offered at the time.

To me the parade allows young people of every sexual orientations to  see that they aren’t alone and they do have a community that accepts them as they are.  To be honest, I sometimes think it goes a bit too far and becomes more of an exhibition than necessary, but that can happen at a typical Mardi Gras parade as well. Call me a prude, but I don’t think you need to bare your body in order to show your pride.  I think I learn more about the actual issues from watching American politics than I do from the parade,  but it is an excellent platform for many people who would otherwise feel they aren’t given the chance to be heard.  I totally support that.  If the parade can enlighten even a handful of people then it’s a success.  Cheers to everyone participating and attending this year!

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Bonnie weighs in~

I agree that those trail blazers have indeed moved mountains and should always be remembered for their dedication and perseverance.  I believe that is part of what the LGBT Pride Parades are all about as well as a time to celebrate diversity.  The parades send a message for change to those in our societies that still cannot accept all others.  Social acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender beings is slowly coming but there are still 80 countries in the world where homosexuality is illegal and in 9 of those countries it is punishable by death!

During the holocaust  gay men were marked with a pink triangle and lesbian women were marked with a black triangle for “antisocial” behavior,  rounded up and sent to concentration camps.  In 1969 when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York, the patrons fought back against a government-sponsored system that persecuted homosexuals, and the ensuing riot  has become the defining event that marked the start of the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.

One of my hopes for the near future is that all communities will accept that all sexual orientation and gender identities have sacred worth and will one day be fully included, celebrated, and affirmed with their chosen faith traditions.  To me, this is what the Pride Parades all over the world hope to teach.

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Educate Liberate Celebrate Gay Pride

Pride Society 2009This weekend is the Pride Parade in Vancouver! August 2nd to be exact for those of you who would like to take in the festivities.  I have attended in the past and it was one of the most colourful events I have EVER attended.  The ‘Cher‘ quality costumes are eye candy for the fashion lovers out there!  What I loved most was that everyone was having the time of their life and living their lives authentically and so out the closet they were in the front yard !!

The Vancouver Pride Society is proud of their theme for the 2009 to 2011 Pride seasons: Educate, Liberate, Celebrate.

Thirty one years ago, a group of brave individuals took to the streets of Vancouver.  This was a march to educate Vancouverites that the LGBT Community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) was here.  They are our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, next-door neighbours and colleagues.  They are as much a part of the diversity of this amazing city as all the other cultures.  The march was met with opposition and resistance, but that did not deter these brave leaders of our community.pride flag

Pride celebrations across the country have become a gathering of people from all walks of life. This is a time when their diversity is celebrated openly.  This celebration is a place where people can come and express themselves freely without fear of retribution.  A place for people to feel PROUD!

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If you have never attended a Pride event in the past then there is no better time than this weekend.  All you really need to bring is a smile 🙂 !

Tracy

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