Its ok to be gay

It is the 8th day of Pride month in 2022. Pride month is, an month long celebration of the LGBTQ community, a celebration and remembrance of the Stonewall riots which occurred at the end of June 1969.

Right now as the nation celebrates Pride month there are representatives that have and are working to pass legislation that will make it impossible for students to discuss or learn about families from the LGBTQ community. The term for the laws is “Don’t Say Gay” laws.

These “Don’t say gay Laws” are discriminatory hateful laws made with with the intention of teaching children that LGBTQ families are not as important or legitimate as other families and that is shameful.

There was a graduate at the Pineview public school in Florida who was chosen to speak for his graduating class. The speaker was the class president and because of the hateful inhumane legislation passed in Florida the speaker was told that he could not mention his experience as being a gay student. When we prevent someone from expressing themselves in a polite non profane manner a message is sent and that is that that person is not welcome. Many people feel this way about the LGBTQ+ community.

People will say things like “I am fine with everyone but I don’t want to see two people of the same sex kissing”. They are lying to you and themselves. Instead of the lawmakers addressing their own bias and hate they are redirecting this hate to our children.

Kids that are not part of the LGBTQ+ community will not learn tolerance through and quite the opposite they will learn that it is not ok to be gay. I have to tell you this. IT IS OK TO BE GAY.

LGBTQ+ children need to learn this at home, and at school. Life is tough especially if you are part of a minority and the last things our children need is for the law to make their lives tougher.

Let’s make sure that we teach all children that it is ok to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex or straight. Let’s focus on teaching our children that every family that is rooted in love matters.

Yes that is this week

In the United States the week between May 2 and May 6 of 2022 is Teacher Appreciation week. There are all kinds of ways that we can thank teachers. We can send the teachers gifts, have parades for them, donate money to their campaigns online just a thank you can go a very long way.

Teachers are a huge part of what shapes children into adults. Odds are high that children will spend more time with their teachers than their parents and yet teachers are not treated as well as their counter parts. Teachers are paid less and expected to do more than others with the same education and experience levels. On average teachers are paid 11% less than their counter parts, when benefits are factored in the average went down by 8% however with new legislation teachers benefits have seen substantial cuts and this 8% number is most likely not correct.

We can and should show our appreciation for our teachers this week and more importantly on election day. Vote for a person that will pay teachers fairly and values teachers and our children.

Teaching is the one profession that creates all the other professions.

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It is nice

Yesterday I got a card in the mail from my sister Ashley wishing me and the family a happy Easter this small gesture made me and the wife happy. It is amazing how far a small gesture can go sometimes!

Today is episode 4 day of the podcast.

https://anchor.fm/john3corrigan/embed/episodes/Use-your-Imagination-or-Episode-4-e1gfn6f

In episode of 4 I interview a school psychologist and the conversation takes some turns, if you have time give it a listen. We talk about the task of teaching our children and I ask how can we help as parents and she mentions simply letting teachers know that they are appreciated goes a long way.

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I love this idea because it is something I can do. I will be front and center at my next local school board meeting and letting everyone know how much I appreciate the teachers.

I can also do this for you, if you comment on this post with your name county and state I will make sure that the public school teachers know that they are appreciated and I of course encourage you to do this independently.