June 25, 2019
By Mary E. Hunt, Co- Director of WATER
I asked my teenage daughter if she wanted to join me for the local Pride celebration in Washington, D.C. She had been before as a younger child and remembered it fondly for the tons of swag she got—a bright frisbee, a colorful keychain, endless candy from groups and businesses showing their support for LGBTQ+ people. But now, as a teen and more aware of the world, she was not quite clear why we needed a Pride celebration at all. What’s the big deal, she asked? Typical teen attitude, but she made me think about it as I tried to persuade her to join me.
The simple answer is that pride is a survival mechanism for dealing with prejudice. Jane Austen forgive me, but heterosexual people do not have a corner on complicated marriage choices and the right to marry for love. Yet it is only in my lifetime—born in the 1950s—that the notion of same-sex love as healthy, good, natural and holy has been conceivable.