On June 5th, I, (along with my colleague, Lisa Rosenthal) had the honor of representing Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)’s Gay Parents to Be program at Norwalk’s Pride in the Park.
Over the past few years, I have met many members of the LGBTQ community, but I have never seen them come together in the way that they did at this pride festival. Two gay men held hands as they stopped at our booth to ask about their family building options. The children of a lesbian couple splashed in mud puddles. A group of young people twirled rainbow flags and spun colorful hula hoops in the pouring rain. These images resonated with me as I reflected on what it means to truly feel pride.
Pride & LGBT Family Building
What is pride? A simple search on Thesaurus.com lists the following synonyms: delight, dignity, happiness, joy, self-respect… I witnessed all of these things at Pride in the Park. Though there are many definitions of pride, my favorite comes from the Merriam–Webster Dictionary: “A feeling that you respect yourself and deserve to be respected by other people.”
I am so grateful to be a part of an organization that truly respects, honors, and celebrates the LGBTQ community. Living in a world where some people hold onto hatred in their hearts- that pushes me in the opposite direction. I am further propelled into love… love for everyone, and love for RMACT’s mission. Success matters for everyone, and everyone deserves to feel pride and love in the family that they are hoping for or have lovingly created.