No... this is not Carhartt - this is a very good friend of mine.... :)
See me.... that's me: happy.
See me.... that's me: being who I am.
See me... that's me: being whole.
See me... that's me: being true to myself.
See me.... that's me: feeling comfortable.
See me... that's me: being out.
See me.... that's me: being proud.
See me..... I'm gay.
See me..... I'm smiling.
And you know what.... it's about f*cking time, don't you think? lol
I can't begin to tell you how amazing, how *comfortable* I am surrounded by gay people who are dancing and kissing and having a great time.... and feeling comfortable and safe doing it. We are lucky we live in Portland... home of the bacon donut and naked bike rides.... a bunch of queers dancing is the *least* 'weird' thing you're likely to see around Portland.... lolol
What is 'weird'... is seeing myself and seeing me happy.... I've only every really been *this* happy when the kids were born.....
It's been a loooooong couple of weeks around here. At the end of the day - and I say with absolute love and affection and respect for all of you..... but I'd rather be hated for being who I *am* than being loved for being someone I'm not.
I am the woman who's husband left her for a 22 year old.
I am the woman who made a funny sign to sell her house... and wound up on TV.
I am a Mom to two beautiful children.
I am still the person who tries to do the right thing, tries to find the silver lining and the humor in everything.
I am a small (and struggling) business owner.....
And I am a lesbian.
I am - for those who need more a definition - a 'chapstick femme' - who swoons completely and totally over girls who dress like/look like boys..... sports bra's, boy jeans, boy clothes, short hair.... and if they have tattoo's and muscle cars.... well.... yeah - that's *super* hot.
Most of all... I am proud.
Proud that I have been able to stand on my own two gay feet, find a place in my LGBTQ community, get involved and..... make friends. That's kind of awesome..... actually - what's *really* awesome is that the Portland LGBTQ community is sooooo fantastic. It really is.... I am blessed and grateful.... and really - I'm proud....
So. Whoever you are. Whatever you do. Whoever you screw.... I hope you're PROUD, too. :)
Happy PRIDE weekend!