Supporting one another this is what we are on this earth for. Through thick or thin no matter religion, sexual orientation, or race, it really shouldn’t matter! This is why Rosie O’Donnell attended the PFLAG Event in Toronto; To honour her friend and neighbour Sharon Gless.
Teen blogger Christina and I attended the PFLAG Toronto Event on April 15, 2013. I fully support the gay community and I want my daughter to be raised understanding that everyone in this world should be treated as unique individuals with a different spirit and life path.
I was so proud to attend an event where Sharon Gless, who played Debbie Novotny, the proud mom of a gay son on Queer as Folk, received an Ally Award for being consistent in her support of the LGBT community both off screen and on, publicly sharing PFLAG’s message of LGBTQ equality on issues ranging from adoption and marriage, to the growing concerns facing the elderly.
Unfortunately, my daughter has been dealing with her own personal trials in life that has caused her some immense stress issues. We had to leave a little earlier than anticipated but not before she had a talk with Rosie O’Donnell about her camera and how much she admires her. (I figured that would knock the stress right out of her, but nope)
Sharon accepted her award and said jokingly, “For all of you who ever since Cagney and Lacey thought that I was gay, I gave it my best fucking shot.”
Sharon Gless was not the only person honored for their community support. Also recognized were Ontario Members of Provincial Parliament, Dr. Cheri DiNovo, Christine Elliott, and Honourable Yasir Naqvi who collaborated in 2012 to ensure support from each of their three political parties on the historic passage of Toby’s Law, amending Ontario’s Human Rights Code to prohibit discrimination based on gender expression and gender identity. The law makes Ontario the first jurisdiction in North America to recognize both. Cheers to them!
I have family and friends who are part of the community and to me, they should have the same rights as any person on this earth. After all, we are all graced with a heart that is meant to nurture and love. We’ve taken leaps since the 80’s, let’s hope that the leaps continue!
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Check out http://www.xtra.ca/ for their full coverage of the Toronto PFLAG Event