I’ve been an ally before I knew what it meant to be one

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

I volunteered for the Atlanta photo shoot because I believe all people should be treated equally. My mother was a Southern feminist who taught not only with her words but by her actions. She treated everyone with respect and was often judged for her open-mind.

My obstetrician in the 1980s was a lesbian. I didn’t know that until many years later when Mom told me that she’d retired. Quite simply, I don’t think about someone’s sexuality when I meet them. I’m more interested in what they think, how they treat others, their family, job, what book they’re reading, etc. I want my grandchildren to grow up in a world where they feel free to be whoever they are. I want all people to be treated with kindness and respect and I will never be silent when others are marginalized. I’ve followed your organization since its inception. The NOH8 campaign reminds me that there are a lot of others who feel the same way I do. I’ve been an ally before I knew what it meant to be one.


Peace and love,



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