Several years ago, I had the chance to walk in my first Pride Parade in Ottawa with a friend. However, fear controlled me and I wasn't ready to be involved. I was too afraid and ashamed of being gay. Today, I'll be walking in my first Pride Parade in Ottawa with the Ten Oaks Project. It has been a long journey of acceptance, which you can read in my Ottawa Citizen op-ed and CBC interview from last year. I'm excited to walk with my friends, and celebrate our beautiful and diverse tapestry.
"Don't deprive people of who you really are."
Those are some wise words from that friend who wanted to walk with me in the parade. I keep that quote in my wallet to remind me to be proud of who I am.
Each one of us has so much to offer the world around us, so shine brightly. Happy Pride!