These past few days have really been wonderful, with all the love being shouted from the rooftops and the celebration of a monumental decision by the Supreme Court, that gives anyone the right to marry whomever they love. Looking at everyone I know through rainbow-colored lenses has been fun (if not a little dizzying for my sensitive eyes.) Facebook even came up with a specific app to help you “rainbow yourself.” Slowly but surely, profile pics were changing and everywhere you scrolled someone was covered in rainbow. It was a very cool show of solidarity. Heck, even we at Totem Tamers made our logo “rainbow-fied” as a show of support.
What I found interesting however, was my reluctance to change my personal profile picture. I have been contemplating that for a few days now. I have never been one to follow, per se, or more that I have always been someone who has beaten my own drum, even if in a band of flutes (not sure that really means anything, but it sounds cool.) I am all about the rainbow, and equality, and loving who you want to love. I can’t remember anything different, and I am grateful to my mom for that. See, I had an Uncle Frank and Uncle Al, when I was a little girl. They weren’t really my uncles, they were the hair stylists at the salon my mom used to go to. Frank and Al were a couple, and it never occurred to me that they shouldn’t be or that it was weird that they were two men who loved each other. I remember Frank was this was very skinny guy with an earring, and Al reminded me of John Oates from Hall And Oates. They were so sweet to me and would come to the house for dinners and parties and they were part of my norm growing up. I didn’t understand what happened when Frank died, until many years later, learning he was one of the first to die from AIDS in Miami Beach. I just remember being sad, and being sad for Uncle Al, who was left alone. It’s that simple. We love who we love and we feel loss when that love ends, there’s no difference if it’s someone of the same sex or not. So as wonderful as all the rainbows are, we are all part of the rainbow, we are all colors and we are all blended together as humans to make an everlasting impression on those who look upon us. Our only requirement is to be proud of the rainbow we all represent. Today, and always, I am proud.
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