Why I will walk My Wind Crest senior living community will hold its second Pride Parade June 24. When a few residents and employees met to plan the upcoming parade, it started me thinking. Why is our …
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Why I will walk
My Wind Crest senior living community will hold its second Pride Parade June 24. When a few residents and employees met to plan the upcoming parade, it started me thinking. Why is our parade important to me?
I researched the history of pride parades and the police attack on patrons of the Greenwich Village Stonewall Inn early on Saturday, June 28, 1969 that incited not just gay people, but people of many sexual orientations who lived nearby. The reaction led to marches by gay people and supporters nationwide.
So I asked myself a question. Why am I walking in our parade? Why does this old, white, straight man feel he must participate, plant gay pride flags outside his apartment, encourage others to take part?
My answer: I will walk proudly with my neighbors and friends to express my love for others, who may look and act a lot like me or may be so different and unique that I admire and love them for who they are. For the Wind Crest Pride Parade, I will not judge, I will celebrate our diversity and proclaim our humanity.
I will be in the Wind Crest parade to show that I am human, that I accept who I am and am proud to accept others for who they are. Everyone is worthy of my love and respect, and human rights matter. Our parade isn’t a protest, it’s our chance to say everyone is valued and loved.
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