Kat Atwell is a freelance writer, blogger & stage presence telling stories that deliver laughs, validation & community.

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On Pride.


I have the highest respect for my queer friends. You possess a courage I admire so very much. I’m an ally. I feel it’s necessary to write about this because as an ally, it’s more important than ever to let the queer community know how much you are supported.

Admittedly, I want to hear the queer community a hell of a lot louder, celebrating who you are, what your history means to you, and watch you be unabashedly true to yourselves. I feel like heterosexual people could learn a lot from you.

Inclusiveness. Perseverance. Bravery. Above all: Love.

It baffles me there are people — family members, even (FOR REAL WTF)— who choose hatred and ostracism over simple acceptance. I don’t get it. Even from a religious and spiritual perspective, doesn’t God say to love your neighbor?

The whole religious topic could be another blog post entirely. But, if you refine scripture down to its most basic element, my understanding is you love God, you love your fellow humans, and you “judge not, lest ye be judged.”

I’m not going down that road any further. Let’s get back to where I started, and the point I really wanted to make:

To my friends in the queer community: I see you. I want to always be a friend whose presence makes you feel safe and welcomed. I admire you so much. I’m so proud of you. I love you. If you need a mom, a sister, or some other relative to step in where someone else has failed you, I’m here, and I’d be honored.

Happy Pride,
Kat (one of your most enthusiastic allies)


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