As Pride celebrations approach around the country (or have just passed depending on where you live) and the community turns a bit more insular to celebrate our community's uniqueness, visibility, and diversity, there is a group we shouldn't forget: our straight allies.
In my recent post about Taking Back Pride by injecting politics and LGBT rights discussions into the celebrations, one commenter asked just that question. I thought I'd open the discussion up to the group to help her. From a wonderful straight ally:
I am a straight woman, married with 4 boys. I am a huge supporter of gay and lesbian rights but sometimes I don't feel that what I am doing is enough. I raise my kids (ages 12, 7, 6, and 3) to be open minded and treat people equally, making sure they have plenty of exposure to my gay and lesbian friends so they never feel uncomfortable around them as adults. My oldest son wants to go to a pride rally the next time I go, so I said I would take him. I have no issues with that. When he was 3, he wanted his ears pierced, my husband (first husband) was saying it wasn't right but I did it anyways, saying if he was a she, you wouldn't have any issues. My current husband and I strive to raise our children as equals, avoiding even saying things like "well, that is for girls". If they want a baby doll, they get one. If they want me to paint their nails, I paint them. That is that.
My question is, what more can I do? Where can a straight woman go to plead her case to other straight people who are so closed minded and bigoted? Being around gays and lesbians at pride, etc. is great and I have met a lot of really awesome friends. I feel that there is something more I can be doing. Let me know.