The Kids Are All Right
By Jon Roth
For decades, when it came to families supporting queer people, the only game in town was PFLAG. As an organization, it's done a world of good, showing parents how to support and defend their gay children – and in a country where second-class citizens aren't always given a voice, the role of straight allies is crucial.
Lately though, it's the kids who are taking a stand for their gay parents.
Take a look at the video below, in which a young boy named Elijah shrugs off some initial shyness to tell conservative presidential hopeful Michele Bachman, "My mommy... Ms Bachmann, my mommy's gay but she doesn't need fixing."
This video, much like the clip of Zach Wahls speaking for his two mothers in a public assembly, shows no matter how untraditional the family, some dynamics are universal. Watching these children stand up for their LGBT parents should remind us that the bonds between a parent and child run much deeper than identity politics.
To hear from more kids, visit the COLAGE website and take a look at some of their videos. It sounds like they have a much better than understanding of family than most of the "family values" candidates we've heard from lately.