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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Gay Pride 2009 (Part 2 of 2)

As I was getting ready to write my next blog post, I noticed that I had this one on hold since last month, before I got ill, so I’ll just post it now, late as it is, because there was a message to go with this photograph, which should probably still be said.

This year, I couldn't help but notice that the Gay Pride Parade of San Francisco had a very strong family theme, probably as a result of the passage of Proposition 8 in California, last November.

Many people showed up with their kids, friends, families.

Don't forget, while there is always a fair amount of exhuberance, flamboyance, conspicuous costumes (always to be expected at that sort of event), the following day, costumes go back in the closet [well, for the most part ;)], and everybody returns to their routine, get up in the morning and go to work, come back tired at the end of the day, same as you and me.

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Blogger Patty said...

Those little children are precious and they don't care if they have two Mom's or two Dad's as long as they are given love.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Well said, Patty! :)

4:30 PM  
Blogger claude said...

Patty dit qq chose de beau, mais l'équilibre des enfants est-il vraiment préservé quand ils ont deux mamans ou deux papas. Je ne sais pas, en fait.

12:39 AM  
Anonymous Anthony said...

Tu as raison Claude: tu ne sais pas!

6:29 AM  
Blogger AphotoAday said...

Ah yeah, I recognize those little guys...
And I don't know about your costume, but I'm still wearing mine -- and man is it beginning to stink...

7:03 AM  
Anonymous Brad said...

The first photo says it all - that's great. Nice thing about little kids is they haven't been around long enough to be influenced from all the mean and unhappy people out there.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Claude : Thank you very much for your visit and comment!

I'm going to give you the answer in English because I know you understand and it'll allow for others to get it as well.

I really, really believe in all honestly that the children are fine when the household is loving, and caring, no matter who is in the household. It could be a grand-parents household, a single parent household, an older brother or sister household, a same-gender household. On the other hand, children coming from unhappy households (traditional marriages included - and believe me I saw that first hand a LOT when I was growing up in France at the time and Divorce was a rarity) are unhappy and unbalanced. I really believe that with all my heart.

I know where you're coming from, I do too, come from a conservative background (I grew up in a very traditional, white, catholic, France, although my generation saw May 68 and the social revolution that followed soon after, so maybe that's one I feel more "open" about it, I don't know.

I urge you and my conservative online buddies out there to try to keep an open mind about same gender families. Some religions may suggest that the traditional family is "man and a woman", but all religions suggest being charitable towards others (don't they?) and that's what we need to do: keep an open heart and not rob others of the right to live like you and me.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Thank you all for your visits and comments, much appreciated as always.

9:22 AM  
Blogger from cali said...

Tomate: I hear you loud and clear. Great message and well said.

8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anthony said...

I second that: Great message and well said.

5:48 PM  

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