On Wednesday, I was invited to attend a Toronto PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meeting. PFLAG is a great support organization with 500 chapters in more than a dozen countries around the world.
Two things struck me at the meeting.
First, I was totally stoked to buy a pair of rainbow mittens knitted by one of the PFLAG moms. And just when you didn’t think I could possibly get any gayer.
Second, I was struck by what one mother said. In fact, I think it’s one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever heard for the parents of LGBT children. Here’s what this mother said:
It’s not about trying to make our children straight. Rather than trying to change our children, it’s really about changing society so that it celebrates and affirms all people – LGBT individuals included.
Don’t change your children. Change the world in which they live. It’s beautiful advice.
And each time we choose love over hate, compassion over indifference or kindness over cruelty, change the world is exactly what we do.