June 20, 2021

Happy Pride Month!

We honour the generations that have come before us, and we are mindful of those yet to come. We are grateful to live in a time and place where we are free to marry who we love, and to create the families we choose. We do not take this freedom for granted, and we are grateful for those who paved the way, making this moment possible." When I spoke these opening words at a samesex ceremony, it brought up a lot of feelings for me to see the guests spontaneously clap and cheer. I did not anticipate such a powerful shared emotional reaction in the guests and in myself.

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It's hard to put into words what it means to be a queer person who has been granted the ⚡️super power⚡️of marrying other queer folks. It's hard to explain how vitally important the support, acceptance and love from family & friends can be to queer folks. How in some cases it can literally mean the difference between life and death. Samesex marriage became legal across Canada in 2005. Many others around the world are still facing hate, discrimination, jail and even death for being who they are. It's overwhelming and if you don't know what to do, focus on loving those around you. On filling up your kids and friends and colleagues and strangers with so much love and acceptance that they know without a doubt that who they are will be celebrated with as much joy by their community as these two beauties were here on this day. Love wins my friends. It wins and it wins and it wins. Thank you to these humans for blessing us with your love. I don't take this for granted.

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