Updated: Apr 13, 2020
I try to be a Champion for my child. But many days I'm afraid.
It's difficult when you're championing for someone who's too young to understand why society doesn't have a place for them. Too young to understand 'The Village' that is supposed to support all families, doesn't often recognize gender is more than appearances.
I created this space as place to champion quietly by shouting out 'the positive' and 'the kindness' in the world, and where I can be supportive and be an ally - for Rose who was assigned male at birth but loves sparkly bows and her new Grade 2 teacher; for James who was assigned female at birth but hasn't worn pink since he was 4 years old and is starting Grade 5 today. For my son who realized, while listening to his Grade 5 teacher reading a story, why he had been feeling like he 'didn't fit' or 'belong in this world' for so many years. And for all those children in between; some stealth; some exposed.
'What would you do if you weren't afraid?' asks Olympian Adam Rippon
Rippon received the HRC Visibility Award at the 2018 HRC Los Angeles Dinner last night and here's his powerful message to the LGBTQ community, particularly LGBTQ youth. And it's a message for all children, 'Being yourself is the best way to live.’
As a mum, I thank him for reminding me through his powerful words, there's more good in the world than bad... and there's no time for hiding in fear.
'You will find you have the greatest success when you wear your scars proudly.'...
'When we all come together we can change the world.'
I write because I am afraid. And I write because I am no longer afraid.