Today is #SpiritDay! Time to bring out your purple clothing!
I am a mom to a wonderful daughter who is part of the LGBTQ+ community. She is so outgoing and loves life in general. I am glad that she is being raised in a society, that, for the most part supports this community. While she is the typical teen, she will also give you the shirt off her back if you needed it. She is very compassionate and sensitive and at times has even reeled me back in when I go into a rant. She knows no enemy. Just pity for those who live life in fear of what they don’t understand. She understands that people may not agree with this lifestyle and that’s ok. It’s their beliefs and she doesn’t push her lifestyle on others.
I keep referring to her as she and her. She accepts it from family with understanding. She knows that we all love and support her. Heck, one of my sisters hugs her and refers to her as “my little rainbow” :). My daughter Ash doesn’t identify with a gender. There are days she feels feminine, but, others she feels more masculine. There are days she feels feminine but wishes she was wearing a binder. She prefers the they/them pronouns. Her friends refer to her as they/them because they are more adaptable that way than most adults are.
But, today is a great day to show how accepting people are in society. GLAAD and Toyota is promoting #SpiritDay and encourage other supporters to wear purple. Can I tell you, I am a HORRIBLE mother. I do not own anything purple and I MUST rectify this. I would wear purple everyday to show I support my daughter.
Some facts from GLAAD:
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (StopBullying.gov), bullying is “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.” Bullying can include verbal harassment, physical harm, social exclusion, and cyber threats. Bullying behaviors are repeatable, targeted, and come with long-lasting consequences.
Since 1999, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has assessed the safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students in grades six to twelve in its National School Climate Survey. The 2013 eighth biennial report of the National School Climate Survey reached 7,898 students between the ages of 13 and 21 from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and found the following on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students:
For the most part, Ash’s school is fairly tolerant. They have a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) group. She’s said she’s had a few older kids refer to her as “fagot” in school, but, no physical altercations. Her father and I tend to keep an eye on things on her social media sites and keep up on her moods to make sure she’s ok. If we feel that she needs counseling, we don’t hesitate to get her to a counselor.
She is very passionate about the LGBTQ+ community and their rights for gender expression. I wish I had even HALF of her passion for something.
I won’t ask the standard question at the end. I’ll leave it as is, because, like my daughter, I do not push my beliefs on others. Everyone has a right to live their life based on their beliefs. We love them no matter what.