Seattle Pride 2017
We’re so lucky to live so close to a major city where massive celebrations take place. One of the things we promised to do with Jackson was to expose him to as much as we can – no sheltering. Yesterday, Jackson made his 2nd trip to Seattle for none other than Seattle Pride – Pridefest!
Not to get on my soapbox but I’ve always been passionate about my gay, lesbian, trans & everyone else under the sun friends. This Pride had the potential to be a little darker due to political changes but it wasn’t!
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
Pride Month is about celebrating our friends & is in honor of the ’69 Stonewall riots in NYC. It’s celebrated in June because it was this month in ’69 that patrons & supporters of the Stonewall Inn staged an uprising to resist the police harassment & persecution that LGBT people commonly dealt with. This uprising marked the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws & practices against LGBT people. Today, Pride Month celebrations include parties, parades, concerts & workshops, attracting millions of participants around the world. The more you know.
Last year, I was freshly pregnant & my Dad was here visiting so we only went to the street fair. This year, we had a 6 month old & IT WAS HOT! Again, just street fair but more than enough.
Of course, I didn’t really take any pictures of the outfits, decor & signs because I was too busy looking at them all live & also in the back of my mind wondering how Jackson was on my back but here’s what I got.
For whatever reason, I was thinking I wouldn’t see many other babies out but that was a lie. We saw at least 2 other nuggets just older than J at the restaurant & it was so refreshing! Jackson was also a hit with everyone we ran into. I mean, have you seen him?! HOLY HEART EYES!
Also, I carried J on my back for the first time & IT WAS GLORIOUS! Seriously, walked with him on my back for 5 minutes & he was out like a light. Not gonna lie, I was a little nervous because he’s behind me & I literally can’t see anything of him but his feet so I kept grabbing for him & asking other people how he was. But when he passed out, I knew he was so great. Shout out to LillieBaby for the breathable carrier! See that white mesh piece hanging behind him? We used it to shade him from the direct sun & heat making both of us more comfortable. Seriously – best thing in the world.
On a serious note, taking J to Pride was more than a time to show off my offspring. I am a firm believer that prejudice is taught & J will grow up in a family that supports all love. If you are the kind of person who believes taking him to these kind of events will influence him, you can continue to judge AWAY FROM US. Better yet – educate yourself. If Jackson grows up & realizes he’s gay or trans, I want him to feel comfortable enough to talk to us & know we’re accepting! He’s still a person & my baby (Lets face it. He’ll still be my baby when he’s in college & older) – that will not stop me from loving him.
Anyways, here are some more pictures from Pride. I vow to always be an Ally & raise my son in the same light