I am a PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) president of a small, young, rural chapter in Virginia. I was recently talking to a guest speaker, also a PFLAGer, about resources for members. I brought up A Note To My Kid. He had not heard of you, so I explained what the organization is about, and how I feel about it. Afterwards, he said, "Why don't you write that as a note?" and here we are, my note to ANTMK.
A Note To My Kid is young, but it's growing in awareness and participation at an incredible rate, due primarily to its simple goal of providing a place for someone with an LGBT loved one to write a note of unconditional love for their loved one. ANTMK has no agenda. They aren't trying to sell you something. It's pure and sincere and beautiful.
You see, I was lucky. My parents, while concerned at first, are very supportive of me now. My dad, whom I told later that I am gay, didn't pretend to understand or agree but concluded our conversation by saying,"You're my son, no matter what. I love you, no matter what." And we've only grown closer since then.
Yet despite the support and love of family and friends, with all the news of the decline of humanity: murder, war, genocide, Rick Santorum and Westboro picketing, as well as the tragedies of gay youth committing suicide and politics becoming more and more divisive, it's easy to become overwhelmed and jaded. It's easy to lose hope.
Still, I find myself reading these honest, pure letters. They're written by normal people, with no motive other than to show love--unconditional love. They inspire. They encourage. They let me know humanity is still worth fighting for, that it's not so screwed up as to just wash your hands of it and say to hell with the lot of us. That's the true power of these notes. They're glimpses into what makes us worthy as a whole, proof positive that despite our downfalls, we--humanity--can be better, and we can make our world better, a world full of more love... And who could complain about that?
So that's my story. I love this organization, because it gives me hope. I love these notes, because they give me courage. And I encourage everyone to write a note. To those reading them, it may seem like just a letter to you but to someone else these letters are the hope and justification to be the best we can be. So stop reading...Listen to your heart, and write a note.