Why I march for my child – PFLAG parents on Mardi Gras Day

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.”

PFLAG Mum Goes to Mardi Gras

I love my gay son and his fabulous boyfriend

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“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.”

Federal Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne

My son is gay I'm just happy

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“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


We are a PFLAG family

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“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.”

PFLAG spokesperson Shelley Argent

We love you just the way you are

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  1. I can relate to these people as I do love my son dearly and am so very proud of him, which is why it saddens me terribly to hear of the stories of so many other GLBTIQ Youth who have been shunned by their family. I just want to adopt them all and protect them from harm xo

    • Thekids says:

      It’s terribly sad thinking about what some parents are missing out on. Organisations like PFLAG do so much to help. Your son is very lucky 🙂

  2. Beautiful words. I choked up reading them. Nothing is as pure as the love a parent has for their child. May these parents’ words and action be an inspiration to our society. Thanks for sharing.

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