I wanted to write something today linking my love for the LGBTQ community and Mother’s Day. I hope you don’t mind if I first share just a bit about my own mother and grandmother, for they are very large part of the reason why I not only read and review gay romance, but also love and embrace this beautiful, diverse group of people.
My mother is one of the most non-judgmental people I have ever known. Perhaps this is partly due to the fact that she was a divorced, single mom back in the early 60’s in a small, conservative town in central California which, despite the social revolutions that were beginning to take place, still wasn’t the most acceptable status to possess. I can’t help but think that having to deal with the stigma attached to the circumstances of a hasty wedding and an incredibly brief marriage perhaps helped to give her a broader view of others. However, I believe that her experience is only a small part of the equation. I believe that her inherent acceptance of others is part of a legacy.
My grandmother turns 91 next month and was widowed only a couple of years ago. She has since moved into a senior facility where she lives independently, has made many new friends, engages in a multitude of activities every week, and has recently found herself a “gentleman friend.” Her only obstacle is limited mobility due to hip and knee issues. She is finding more fulfilment in this new found freedom than she did during her married life. She has gotten a new lease on life as single woman and one of her goals was to find a church to attend. It took her a little while, but when she discovered the right congregation, it was because “they accept everyone, no matter who they are.”
These two women whom I admire, love, and respect to the very marrow of my bones simply love others. Period. A person’s background and lifestyle just doesn’t matter. They have passed that legacy onto me, not by direct instruction but by example. They didn’t tell me to love others; they simply showed me how by never saying an unkind word to or about anyone. They showed me what acceptance truly is by openly caring for the people who entered their lives.
My responsibility as a mother of two beautiful adult daughters is to pass that legacy on to them. I have tried to lead by example, and I can proudly saythat they have grown into loving, powerful young women who want to make a positive difference in the world. They have both become active allies of the LGBTQ community, and think the fact that their mom reviews gay romance is “cool.” Well, I don’t know how cool I am, but I feel compelled to read and share in this genre because it celebrates love as love, in all its diverse forms. To me that is what the LGBTQ community is all about: acceptance, loving others unconditionally and embracing and celebrating the beauty of diversity.
Today is a day for celebrating mothers. Whatever their gender, or their biological connection to us, or the social role they play in our lives, they are important to us because of who they are and what they have done for us. Even if we don’t engage in this celebration, we can still pass on the legacy of acceptance to others – not just to our children as their parent but to everyone as a human being. Whether it is inherited through an elder’s model or something we choose to embrace in direct contrast to what we learned as youngsters. It is our opportunity to set an example for everyone with whom we interact. More importantly, however, is how we make others feel when they know that we accept them and love them for who they are, plain and simple.
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