I have a lot of GLBT and straight friends who attend every year. Usually I have a booth at the Twin Cities Pride so show support, as well as provide attendees the opportunity to get to know Life Coaching and what it means to live your values.
This will be the first year I have missed in a while, so I thought I would write my blog as a small way of showing my personal support for any organization or event whos aim is to educate, inform, and celebrate.
The mission of Twin Cities Pride is to commemorate and celebrate our diverse heritage, inspire the achievement of equality and challenge discrimination. (http://www.tcpride.org/index.php/about-twin-cities-pride) Now there is a mission statement.
To commenorate and celebrate our diversity, inspire towards equality and challenge discrimination! Diversity, Equality, and inclusion!
So much is in the news these days about the GLBT community. Like most things in the world the less one knows about it the more fearful and angry they get. Politicians use the GLBT as puppets in their campaigns in the same line as terrorists in Pakastan. Seems crazy!
One of my all time favorite Movie is The American President (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112346/). In the movie the President is taking a lot of heat for dating a woman and during this time his opponent is attaching her in his campaign. The President finally has enough and makes a speach:
We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you, Bob Rumson is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things and two things only: making you afraid of it and telling you who's to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections. You gather a group of middle-aged, middle-class, middle-income voters who remember with longing an easier time, and you talk to them about family and American values and character. And wave an old photo of the President's girlfriend and you scream about patriotism and you tell them, she's to blame for their lot in life, and you go on television and you call her a whore. Sydney Ellen Wade has done nothing to you, Bob. She has done nothing but put herself through school, represent the interests of public school teachers, and lobby for the safety of our natural resources. You want a character debate, Bob? You better stick with me, 'cause Sydney Ellen Wade is way out of your league.
Today is a day like all others. Celebrate or not, it is a day. I choose to celebrate - our differences, our values, our rights, our future, our hopes and dreams. Celebrating PRIDE 2010!