Updated: Sep 25, 2018
Hello there, it’s me, Joseph, and I’m on the move again, soaking in the sun as summer peeks around the corner. As you know, (or maybe you didn’t, no worries) flag day was this past week. It’s a grand old flag; it’s a high flying flag of red, white, and blue and all of it has got me thinking about colors and the flags that people fly.
I fly the American flag, the Pride Flag and the Canadian flag whenever I need to give a nod to our neighbors to the North. At the end of the day, what distinguishes one flag from another is the colors. Sweet baby Moses in a Basket, thank goodness the world is made up of so many different palettes to choose from. (#ThisisDiversity) How would we ever distinguish one country from another if every flag used the same colors? How would we appreciate beauty in a monochromatic world?
The truth is that we’re a nation of many colors and tribes. As I sat at the bank recently,
waiting for my turn (#ThisisPatience) I was reminded of how far we have come in the #LBGT community in my lifetime. Yes, it’s true a national bank actually displayed an ad and is promoting Pride Month. Rainbow flags are flying everywhere, including the Monroe County Office Building for the FIRST TIME EVER in honor of Roc Pride 2018
As a matter of fact, this year’s theme for the fest is Stand Out: Live in Color. (#seewhatIdidthere) There’s a
history of darkness when it comes to tolerance. Way too many mean flags have flown for too long under the banner of free speech and expression. I am encouraged to see more and more people and organizations stepping out from the shadows and showing their true colors; whatever they may be. I’m even more encouraged when people wear each other’s colors as a reflection of solidarity. (Note the lovely ladies behind me in this pic. Also note my ability to accessorize. I can help you too and would like to extend a personal invitation to join me at this year’s parade.)
We still have a ways to go when it comes to taking care of each other. Let’s not be afraid. Let’s keep the momentum; let’s make every vote in every election count. Let’s create a space where everyone’s true colors come shining through. How beautiful that would be. And, until then, if the world should make you crazy, as Miss Cindi says, you can call me because you know I’ll be there.
Share the pride! So excited to see you shine!
Joseph, Joey and Victoria