“I choose to live by choice, not by chance; to make changes, not excuses; to be motivated, not manipulated; to be useful, not used; I choose self-esteem, not self-pity. I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the random opinions of others.” — author unknown
“I’d rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not.” — Kurt Cobain
It’s gay pride season, and it did my heart good to hear the recent comments from President Obama regarding the atrocity in Orlando, and also regarding the historical importance of LGBT pride. And then, in the most progressive papal interview in history, Pope Francis recently talked about “the need for Christians and Catholics” to ask the LGBT community for forgiveness.
Chattanooga (and Atlanta) will be hosting Pride this fall, for members of the LGBT community, including allies, friends and families. Pride is a wonderful time for all compassionate beings—gay, straight, bi, trans, questioning and queer—to come together in solidarity and good will. I hope to see you there.