As a parent when your child is born you are overcome with joy. The hopes and dreams of their future envelop your thoughts and you picture what you want their life to be.
We don’t choose our children. We cannot select their eye color or their height or if their hair will be curly or straight. That’s part of the beauty of being a parent- watching them develop into the person they become.
If this is the case why are there so many children who have been shunned based on who they are?
I recently had the privilege of reading the film script, “A Place Called Home“. It is about the plight of a 16 year old girl, Ally, who quickly has to come to terms with being gay. Young and vulnerable, she is thrown into dealing with her sexuality way before she is ready. Her parents are unsupportive and shun her. Ally has to walk a very hard road alone at an age when she should have the support and love of her family. She has no choice but to turn to the streets and luckily she finds refuge at a home for LGBT youths.
I cried when I read the script because I literally felt Ally’s emptiness. I thought of my daughters being confused, overwhelmed and most if all, completely alone. My kids are fortunate because I love them unconditionally. No really. Not the kind of “unconditionally” that fits in a pretty little box on my terms, but the kind in which I support my children no matter what life brings our way. Tall or short, rich or poor, healthy or unhealthy, gay or straight. They are my children, my loves, and it is my job to walk any road hand in hand with them with our heads held high.
I was so moved by Ally’s story which was inspired by the over 600,000 currently homeless LGBTQ teens and the millions of former homeless teens who are now part of the more than 9 million LGBTQ adults in America. These numbers are staggering. I cannot fathom ever letting any child live on the streets willingly, let alone for narrow minded nonacceptance.
I applaud all the great organizations like “A Place Called Home” for the work they do for the equality of LGBTQ community. The list is endless which shows that there is hope.
I give special kudos to Sherry Kelly of MC Productions who developed “A Place Called Home” to shed light on this very important and real situation.
Lastly I will just say this: We all see beauty in our own way and this is why being different is priceless. Love our children for who they are, what’s in their hearts, and what makes them unique. Be kind and supportive because that’s what life is all about.
As stated in the script,
“Like the old saying goes right? You don’t deserve to see one at their best if you haven’t been with them through their worst. Those who accept you regardless are your family.”
Read more about “A Place Called Home” the Movie.