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Pride Month, COVID comes a knockin and Queen Bee Beyonce

June is over y'all, we are more than half way over with 2020, don’t worry if you had no idea what month it was, we have no idea unless we look at the calendar ourselves! The last week or so has been hard, COVID-19 has come creeping into our abode and well, it is like getting a visit from the boogey man and while it has been a mild version playing out in our house, let me tell you, getting a positive diagnosis is scary AF! It is kind of like going home with a newborn, you get zero instructions and are just sent out into the world, same with COVID, you are told to stay home, zero going out and well, rest! I mean seriously, there are no other means of instructions.

Let us all here and now say THANK YOU for the wonders of technology where you can order food and all other manner of goods delivered to your house with the touch of a button and an attached credit card. Thank you Internet Gods!

June has also closed out Pride Month, which even during COVID, was gorgeous! Yesterday, we took the time to listen to an amazing Podcast between author Jen Hatmaker and her daughter, Sydney Hatmaker. They discussed Syden’s coming out and her experience growing up in the church and feeling like she was going to hell, would never experience the joy of marriage and having a family and might lose the love of her own family... and just so many feels were felt by us. As a parent, as a human, as an Ally, as an individual with a gorgeous rainbow family tree, it just broke our heart to hear her journey and her family's journey to embracing the belief that LOVEisLOVE. Without further cliff notes, we encourage you to take just about a half hour of your time to listen for yourself:

“I was just scared, and alone. And I wanted to have it all. I wanted to have my family and God, and my future. And I didn’t think I’d be able to have it all.” Sydney Hatmaker, For the Love Podcast

We would like to leave you all with a few thoughts:

*Be a Good Human: wear a mask, don’t rant over having to wear said mask in a grocery store, don’t spit on people, don’t cough on people, if you would be corrected for it in kindergarten people, don’t do it!

*Be an Ally: use your social media platforms for good, call out injustice, share hotlines and services that can help, march or participate in a rally if you feel you can safely do so, speak out, don’t sit back and idly let people say homophobic, transphobic, racist, or religious bigotry in your presence without saying something. Your job is to kindly teach and open people’s eyes to a better way.

*Flatten the curve: no one wants to be at home anymore, we know every inch of our home and at this point we want to throw everything out and redecorate, but people, STAY at HOME if you can!

*VOTE! Elections are coming up, local, state and the all important Presidential election, vote like your life depends on it, because it does!

"Your voices are being heard and you're proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain. Now we have one more thing we need to do to walk in our true power and that is to vote. I'm encouraging you to continue to take action. Continue to change and dismantle the racist and unequal system. We have to vote like our life depends on it, because it does."
-Beyonce, 2020 BET Humanitarian Award Acceptance Speech

As always, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey.

All the best-SG

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