- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
You know, this happened a few days ago but it was the first thing I thought of when I woke up today, Saturday, at flippin’ 5am. A little pissed not only for waking up that early with nothing to do (thank you WB!), and for the fact that it got started kinda crappy. I came to the Bee to seek some advice to construct an anti-hate argumment against my MIL. Don’t worry, she’s a big girl and can take it.
So on Wednesday or Thursday (can’t remember which), I met my fiance and his mom at happy hour (I didn’t drink, they did). I had emailed my MIL the day before asking if she was interested in volunteering at Seattle’s Pride next weekend, manning a booth for the Human Rights Campaign since we have an election in November to give everyone the right to marry (whoooo!!). She is really close with a gay couple and we see them at major family functions, so I assumed it would be important to her.
Apparently NOT. We got to discussing next week by way of wedding planning and she said ‘you know, I am not going to volunteer next Sunday. I mean, there isn’t a straight pride parade’.
Like, I can understand why someone who doesn’t have a good excuse would go tit for tat in a very poorly argued side, but it just makes her look like such an asshole. The only thing I could muster out was ‘well, we had numberous diversity parades in the 60’s until AA’s got their rights, they deserve to at least continue until then ‘ and then fiance changed the subject because he saw my claws coming out.
Ladies (and random gents lurking)…I am not giving up on this conversation with her. I am so offended by her statement and her friends would be too. I actually feel bad for her that that was the best she could come up with. So I would like for you to list the many reasons of why social parades are good…especially gay parades. I have the following:
1. AA’s rights started with peace protest parades/rally’s
2. Women’s sufferage
3. Pride was really not about rights in the beginning, but teaching the young that they’re deserving of love and respect too. Now it’s more of an awareness channel and an outlet for acceptance and campaigning.
4. A straight parade would probably be considered hate speech, and rightly so.
What do you have? And THANKS!! This lady is a woman of the sixties, a peace loving hippie who is usually pretty open. I am actually embarassed for her and hoping she was just being an idiot/tipsy and not thinking…but it never hurts to educate.