Pride and Prejudice

My son left this morning at 7:30AM to meet his friends at the train station. They were heading to the Pride Parade in NYC. He was very excited - as it is the first time he's attending ever. I, on the other hand, am a nervous wreck.

He's gone to NYC before with friends. He's even taken the train without me, too. But even though he is heading to one of the most tolerant cities in the world and it is 2012, I'm kind of afraid for his safety.

The reality is that the world is often not a nice place to those who are deemed "different" by societal standards. Besides ridicule and nasty rhetoric, physical violence can also be a reality. It doesn't take a heck of a whole lot to push a crazy, bigoted person over the edge, it really doesn't.

I know I hugged him goodbye, smiled and waved as he pulled out of the driveway to connect with his buddies, but I'll literally be on pins and needles until he pulls back in. Seriously.

He's almost 19. Is there an age or a point where the mommy worry switch gets flipped off? Sigh...

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  1. Hi, Felicia,

    I've been a LGBTQ activist since age 17, and this is the one time of the year when it's safe to be queer (or seen with queers).

    Like an echo of the raging queens of Stonewall, I pity anyone who steps over the line of propriety on Queer Pride in NYC. A few angry queens could take over a bar in the Village and change the entire face of generations of AltGender/AltSex forever -- imagine what a million Proud & potentially angry queers & queens could do.

    There will be detractors on the sidelines, holding their posters of HATE, clutching bibles & rosaries, and cordoned off behind barricades with police nearby. They are pitiful, and drastically, amazingly, outnumbered. The numbers of straights standing with my brothers & sisters is at an all-time-high. The tides have turned. We've found other things to ridicule and hate as a society, other things to worry about -- except for the minority of hateful spiteful folk who probably won't be anywhere near Pride.

    That said, the mommy worry switch NEVER gets flipped off. The relationship shifts the day HIS worried-about-mom switch gets flipped ON :)

    Did he have a great time?

    They shortened the parade route. :( I used to do the full 5 mile route...

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  2. Hi, Criss - I'm just seeing this, LOL. He had a great time - and has been every year since. I still worry, but it gets easier. I may even go with next time :-)

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