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- I’m so happy that spring appears to be here. It makes so much difference. Apparently we have an absolutely beautiful Easter Weekend ahead of us. Of course, I won’t see any of it as I’m working nights! What do you have planned for the weekend?Yesterday was the Monday-est Monday ever. You know when a day is just utter rubbish and you go to bed early just so it’s over? That. We were in bed by 830 last night because I don’t think any of us could deal with the idea of being awake much longer. 🌞 This morning I still felt a bit rubbish, but I got up and dragged myself out for my early shift as usual. The mornings are getting lighter and it does make things easier. 🌞 I walked out of London Bridge station to the most wonderful pink sky, so I hot footed it to work to get upstairs and take a few pictures. 🌞 Nothing makes me feel calmer than London before it is truly awake. Streets that are usually packed with people fall almost silent. It’s my favourite time of day, although I don’t much like being awake at that time. 🌞 Here’s hoping that Tuesday is better...I’ve been thinking about the whole #NoOutsiders controversy. 🏳️🌈 For those not in the know, No Outsiders is a program that has been introduced in some schools to encourage kids to appreciate all of the ways that we are all different. 🏳️🌈 As part of that initiative, they teach about LGBT+ families. They use “Mummy, Mama & Me” (which is the most adorable book!) to show how some families have two mums. 🏳️🌈 Parents in some places have taken offence to this. Saying the schools are telling their kids that “it’s ok to be gay” and they are not ok with it. A lot of the objections are religion based. Kids have been pulled out of school over it and the program has been suspended for the moment. The headteacher who developed it has been sent death threats. DEATH THREATS. 🏳️🌈 I’ve been very angry about this as of late. I don’t understand how people can be so against the idea of families like ours. I don’t understand how people can think it makes their kid less innocent to know that LGBT+ families exist. After all, Eden was born with two mums and she is the same as any other child. She has the same developmental milestones, the same lives, the same hopes and the same dreams. She’s an average three year old. 🏳️🌈 For a while I wondered what we could DO about this. Apart from writing and talking, campaigning and signing, what can we DO day to day? It came to me today and I wanted to share. 🏳️🌈 Families like ours need to unapologetically be who we are. Don’t hide our families. Don’t feel that we are less. We need to get out there and show our kids that they are just as loved as any other child. They are just as perfect and as innocent as any other child. Their family, like those around them, is made with love. We need to show the world that we are “normal”, whatever that is. 🏳️🌈 Show our kids and those around us that despite there being hatred in the world and despite some people trying to pretend that we don’t exist, we are here. We are here, we are part of society and we are not going to disappear any time soon. 🏳️🌈 Because look at her face. She’s perfect. And her family just happens to be LGBT+. So, what?
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