Robin’s daughter, Michelle, once gently reminded me to be patient with people who had not yet wrapped their minds – or hearts – around acceptance for people whose sexuality was different from what they considered “normal”.
She was right. She is a wise young woman, and that’s good. Because soon she will be the mother, and wisdom is a useful trait for parents.
She and her partner, Miriam, are exceptional in many ways. They’re both beautiful, intelligent, creative, warm, and very determined. That’s why they’re going to have a baby soon. As a same-sex couple, their journey was potholed with heartaches and legal and medical wrangles. They never gave up, and a healthy baby is nearing its entrance into the world beyond Michelle’s womb.
Robin (aka Popsy) and I started loving this child when she or he was still a distant dream. (Falling in love with Peanut and Farewell, Peanut, and thank you.) We want this new grandchild to grow up in a world that cares more about the quality of love and nurturing parents shower on him or her than how their relationship is configured.
So I’m keeping my antennae waving in the wind for signs we’ll get our wish. I’ll try to be patient, for the little one’s and her/his parents’ sake, and because my own journey to open-heartedness was helped by so many beautiful people.
As the baby’s birth day nears, I offer thanks to some of the many people working to make this world a welcoming place for all, such as the ones below:
- Tasmania now recognizes same-sex unions registered in other states or countries.
- A Toledo, Ohio, church posted this message on its billboard: “at Central United Methodist Church, we believe Being Gay is a Gift from God”. And they are sponsoring a Gay Is a Gift of God campaign.
- Ordinary people and celebrities are recording messages about their own experiences, to let LGBTQ youth know It Gets Better.
- Straight men are recording messages of support and acceptance on Straight But Not Narrow.
- The Opening Doors project is trying to make life better for LGBTQ youth by reminding adults, “Our kids are listening. It’s up to us to make sure they hear the right things.”
- The Massachusetts Supreme Court recently approved its first openly gay high-court justice.
- All Out brings “together lesbian, gay, straight, transgender and all that’s between and beyond – to accelerate the move toward full equality”.
- The Minnesota legislature has been debating a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Representative Steve Simon and 24-year-old Madeleine Kochargued eloquently asked the amendment.