In the backgrop of the Orlando Tragedy, our little community 30 minutes west of Orlando is witnessing something beautiful.
We are all mourning the tragedy that struck so close to home. While political candidates are using this as an opportunity to further their agenda, be it vanilla or rancid, the helpers are working their collective butts off in support of the LGBTQ community.
My wife has set up free support groups twice a month till there is need for anyone recoiling from the attack at Pulse. Gay bars are a safe place for gay people where they can spend time without judgement. This idea of a safe place was shattered and gay people need to heal.
To promote the free support group to the community that needs it the most, we set up a photo booth at the local Pride event this morning. We set up props and people came in by the hundreds. Couples, teenagers, proud mothers, fathers, and grand parents, babies, puppies... everyone was out with a message of love.
Moreover, my wife and I were embraced fully by the LGBTQ community as allies.
There was no discrimination on our more traditional man-woman union: "Oh, you are not gay... we will find some other booth at the vendor to visit"
There was no judgement: "sexuality is fluid, so how can you two be sure that you want a man-woman relationship?"
There was no conditional acceptance: "we love you even though we don't understand your straight lifestyle"
There was only love.
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