by emily burke

Phew! I am just now getting a chance to sit back and reflect on the whirlwind of Pride week!!! Last Friday I got the call from my mom that gay marriage was now nationally legal. I cried. I FaceTimed Candace, she cried. My parents had already been planning to visit me later that day for the weekend and Candace flew in on Sunday night. It was so amazing to be able to celebrate with my parents, who have been so unconditionally supportive and proud of me, and then continue to the celebration with the love of my life.

Leave it to me to finally get okay with being gay right before all of this national celebration… as my parents said, I never did like to miss a party 😉 I feel so lucky that I was able to come to terms with my sexuality before this ruling. I love that I got to be a part of it. I wonder how I would have felt if I was still in the closet during this time… watching from afar… perhaps wishing I was brave enough to be open, out and proud with everyone else.

As soon as I heard the news, my friend Lindsay told me to head down to Stonewall Inn to watch the rallies with her, and we ended up on the front page of a few local newspapers, haha! For the first time ever I got to watch the Pride Parade, with my parents cheering and waving rainbow flags by my side. Then I got to spend a whole week with my love. We joke that we are the worst lesbians ever because we both don’t know anything about politics. A few weeks ago we were day dreaming about where we want to get married. Then we both started laughing because we realized most of the places we were considering haven’t even legalized gay marriage. We literally forgot we were in a gay relationship. When you’re in love, you don’t see anything but that person. You see their soul, you don’t care about their gender. We don’t feel there is anything “different” about our relationship, and it felt so strange in that moment, remembering that to a lot of the world, there is. So, we just feel so blessed to be a part of this time, to be living in this period of evolution toward a more equal world where we recognize that love is love is love is love.

I am finally so proud. Of who I am, of my relationship, of our country. I wish it was Pride weekend every weekend 🙂