This is the second of five letters we'll be sharing this week as part of our work with The Rainbow Letters, an initiative to generate healing and empathy around the topic of LGBTQ family through the art of letter-writing. Originally designed to increase visibility for children and adults with LGBTQ parents, The Rainbow Letters is now expanding its audience and calling for letters written by anyone who is or has family members who are LGBTQ. We look forward to sharing one letter with you each day this week!
My Wonderful Parents!
You are truly an inspiration. And, it is not just in the way you handle the unique curve-balls life has thrown your way, it is in the manner in which you strive to live simply day-to-day. With compassion.
I remember the day Damar, I surprised you and you were dressed as your authentic self. My first thought was "Damn! Bugger went to a fancy dress party and didn't invite me! Real parental love there." You could have simply ignored the situation but, you chose to share instead. We spent two hours with you talking, me listening, and coffees going cold.
The amount of courage it must have taken to tell me. It was a real privilege to be the first one to confide in. It is something I treasure to this day.
Mum, the way you have dealt with this has been a journey in itself! To see you recover from a mental health issue, and slowly become friends with Sandra (Damar) again has been amazing to witness. And like Damar, you could have taken the easy way out, you chose not too.
To me, this shows real character, true grit!
I love you both so very much, you have both taught me how to hold and stay fast in the face of tremendous adversity.
You are more than my parents, you are kindred-spirits.
Your Loving Daughter