A Mothers Love

My mom has always said to me that she could hug anyone who was gay, she could accept and love them, but she could never walk a parade to support gay rights. Honestly I am just glad she accepted me and that she loves my partner. I know she will always love my family. This is more then many in my community could ever hope for. My mom has come so far in this journey with me. I have to say, I was a little surprised when she said she would be attending the pride parade with us this year. I was a little nervous about what she might see or what she might think. The morning came and we were running a little late, she called me and said that she had saved me a place and to hurry and get there. As we arrived at the place where she was I saw an interesting sight. My mom and sister (who is preparing to serve a full time mission for the LDS church) sitting in a camp chair, dressed in church clothes, and surrounded by a sea of rainbow flags held by gays and lesbians. I ran up to see a big smile on my moms face, she was having a great time. The feeling of the celebration was electric. The events of the last year and the court decision looming over us had amped up the energy and the numbers of the crowed. We watched as the bright colors went by, cheered for different groups and laughed at others. Then a special group passed… It was the Mormons Building Bridges Group. My mom stood from her chair, head held high, and walked out to join the group. As she walked she turned and blew me a kiss and waved goodbye, I could see in her eyes what she couldn’t say “This one is for you son.” She turned back and marched on. I was not expecting the emotions of that moment… I cheered her on with a smile and the tears started to come, my sister came up gave me a hug and we wept together. Trent also couldn’t believe what she had done, and tears streaked his face as he joined the hug. That moment was so powerful and special to me. I could have never predicted that she would do that, and I could never have predicted the power of such an action. That step into the crowed was the first step in a journey for her. She represented the mother of so many that were in attendance that day, mothers that would never do what she did. People in the crowed ran up and hugged her and thanked her for marching. ย After finishing the route with her group, she came back changed forever, I was also changed. I hugged her and said said “Thank you” it was the only thing I could say. A few moments later My sister and I stood side by side, with Trent and his niece (who is also preparing for a full time LDS mission) while holding the enormous rainbow flag that finished the parade. I felt the love of my family so strongly that day, I just want to thank them for standing with me. Family – I LOVE YOU ๐Ÿ™‚

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25 thoughts on “A Mothers Love

  1. Beautiful story…I’m a Utah native and I totally teared up when I saw the hundreds of Mormons with their signs in the parade. Things, they are a changin’.

  2. I really like your blog. I came over here from MBB to read this story and just kept going. Thank you for sharing this lovely story of your mother.

    I also marched in the parade with MBB and the peace and love there was grand. I worshipped with my feet that sabbath (as my friend Doree put it).

    Sincerely,
    Gina

  3. Thank you as always–I went to the party Friday evening and then watched and cried when the group marched by me on the parade route!

  4. After I watched the movie “Tears for Bobby” I was deeply moved. I was that mother. If I prayed hard enough, if he would just do what he knew was right, he just needed to date more girls, etc. and he could be fixed. When I finished the movie I immediately called Matt and said “please tell me I didn’t make you feel less than you are! Please tell me I didn’t say that you were a disappointment to me!” Later in our conversation I mentioned the final scene where the mother is marching in the Pride parade and she sees a boy that reminds her of her son and she goes to him and hugs him. I told Matt that I could be the first to hug a person and let them they are not a mistake but that I didn’t think I could ever walk in a Pride Parade.

    On Sunday, it seemed the most natural thing to get up and walk. I wasn’t being political I was sharing the fact that I love my son, Matt and I am proud of his living an authentic and loving life with Trent.

    Along the route, I couldn’t believe how emotional it was for me. To hear people say thank you for loving my son. There was one young person who had a shirt that said “Born this Way” and was wrapped in a rainbow flag. I walked over and said that it taken a little but I believe the shirt to be true. This child wrapped their arms around me sobbing and saying thank you.

    I will forever be changed by this. Some may hope that means my beliefs, nope, if anything, my faith is stronger. My Heavenly Father loves my Matt more than I can even comprehend and he did not create a mistake. Someday I will understand all of this. In the meantime, I stand ready to put my arms around any young person wondering if they are a mistake and assuring them they are loved.

    I love my Matt! He has been a joy to raise and I am so proud of the man he is and of his family which includes my Trent. Love you all.

  5. What a beautiful and uplifitng story of LOVE. My day is better now. I too have a gay son and could not love him more. His partner has added a wonderful addition to our family as well. It’s not ALL about love, but all thoughts and actions should begin from that place. Kudos to your Mom for creating such a special bonding moment. Carry on!

  6. Wow, what a moving story and even more moving is your mom’s reply.

    Lives change when we allow unconditional love to shine. I’ve seen it with some of my own family and hope that someday my parents march in something similar-but if they don’t, I’m happy knowing that barriers everywhere are being broken because of actions like this and the tears we’ve shed for sadness are turning into tears of joy!

    Love your blog–need to be added to the Moho Directory! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Hugs,Miguel

  7. This is my favorite story from the year’s parade. Your post and your mom’s comment are both super-beautiful. Your families’ experiences are so powerful. Thank you for sharing.

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