On Mardi Gras day in Sydney, we share some loving words from parents who march with PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
“Here was my beautiful boy with his happy carefree face, full of love. I hugged him and told him how much I loved him and thanked him for making this night possible for me …
“In this day and age when the words ‘honoured’ and ‘privileged’ are used so frequently by celebrities and the like, the meaning of such words can lessen but I was so deeply honoured to be a PFLAG member and to be allowed to march. My courageous son, since he has come out, has given my life such a new depth and it is such a privilege to be his mum. It has been the most wonderful journey.”
“As a mother, I’m very aware of the kind of confronting situations he’s had to deal with, the bullying that people have attempted.
“I’m really conscious of what other parents go through and the more I can help them to embrace the challenges their kids face, the better it is for everyone.”
“The applause, screams, tears when P-FLAG passed was thunderous. Gays and lesbians shouted ‘thank you’. One person screamed, ‘It should be my mom and dad’.
“People were sobbing; arms reached out. I knew then that I was marching for more than my son. I was marching for all the sons and daughters whose parents were not there for them. I felt my heart open to them all. It was at that moment that I knew I would also begin coming to P-FLAG meetings.”
Laura Siegel, PFLAG-Talk Newsletter Resource Archives
“That was one of my proudest days with my son the first time I marched with him in the parade. It shows our kids that we’re proud of them and we do support them.
“I think as parents we need to be seen as standing up for our sons’ and daughters’ rights.”