Why Our Family Celebrates Pride Month

June is my favorite month of the year. Sure June is summer, warmth, sunshine and fun, but the reason I love June is because June is Pride Month. 

Why Our Family Celebrates Pride Month | Twin Cities Moms Blog

Our little family has grown by a member in the past month; we are now a family of four – two moms and two daughters. I know a lot of people don’t understand why we need a Pride celebration, and many more don’t understand why we would bring our daughters to such a celebration. There are many reasons we love Pride. We love celebrating our love, our family structure, acceptance of who we love and how we live our lives. We enjoy attending festivals and picnics where we see families that look like ours. 

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We celebrate Pride because it was just 49 years ago that a group of very brave individuals decided it was time to fight back. To fight against what many considered a sickness and tried to outlaw. We stand up and we celebrate Pride each June to respect those who fought for us, and for all of those who have paved the way to where we are today. Most importantly, we celebrate Pride each June to continue to recognize the fight we still have to fight, each and every day of our lives.

I often times have to remind people that when our first daughter was born, July 2013, her moms were not able to be legally married. This changed in August 2013 in the state of Minnesota, but it took almost two years before our marriage would be federally recognized. When our first daughter was born, we had to file for a second parent adoption to allow her other mother’s name to be on her birth certificate, to allow her any legal rights over her should something happen to me. Now that our second daughter has arrived, we are still pursuing the second parent adoption to ensure that my rights are preserved should anything happen to my wife, for that extra security as we don’t know what changes might come down through changes in laws/proposed constitutional amendments etc. 

We know that some of what our children might see at a Pride celebration is a little ‘out there’ for most, we also utilize the celebrations we attend to introduce our children to those who are different than themselves. To teach them that even though someone else doesn’t look like people they might be used to seeing, that doesn’t make that person any less of a person, and sure doesn’t give anyone the right to treat them poorly.  Why Our Family Celebrates Pride Month | Twin Cities Moms BlogWhen someone asks why we feel we need a festival and a parade to celebrate who we are and who we love, I ask that you consider some of what I have said above, think of the two dad’s who were discriminated against in their pursuit of forming a family through adoption simply because of their lifestyle, think of the two moms who live in a state where second parent adoption was illegal for same sex couples, and think of the non-biological mother who lost her child because the birth mother lost her life unexpectedly.

The 2018 Twin Cities Pride Festival is this weekend at Loring Park in Minneapolis. Come out and celebrate with us!

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Debbie moved to St Paul, MN to attend the College of St Catherine a ‘few’ years ago. After graduation Debbie remained in the Twin Cities and pursued a CPA license and MBA degree. An accountant by day and (self-proclaimed) kick ass mom and wife ALL the time. Debbie now lives in Woodbury, MN with her amazing wife and almost 4 year old daughter. Hockey was Debbie’s first passion in life, until having her daughter 4 years ago, now she focuses on her daughter, her wife, her job, her blog and she still plays hockey as much as possible. Debbie and her wife are extremely passionate about equality for all and strive to share their two mom family with all, in an effort to educate others that families come in all forms. Debbie blogs over at Africa’s Blog (www.africasblog.com) and has a social presence on Facebook (www.facebook.com/africasblog), Twitter (www.twitter.com/debbiemc18) & Instagram (www.instagram.com/africasblog)


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