Charity Auction to Raise Money for InsideOUT
“Will you be ok if your child is Gay?” – Charity auction for ‘InsideOUT’.
You have a beautiful child, who you love more than anything, but I want you to ask the question... If your child identifies as LBGT (Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay or Transgender)... will you be OK?
Generous businesses are auctioning off a ‘mums and bubs’ bulk lot on trade me to raise funds for ‘InsideOUT’ a fantastic organisation who works with young people within the LBGTQIA community.
It is an auction that is designed to raise awareness about LBGT youth in NZ and for parents to look at their own children and accept them for who they are.
“I wanted to have parents ask the question to themselves honestly”, said Michelle Beard from the blog site Pumpkins in trees, “It is an important topic for me now that I have children and can see that some parents might struggle with the idea. I want them to ask it to themselves now and make peace with the wonderful child that stands in front of them now and who they are going to be” she said.
Many of the people asked had overwhelmingly said that nothing would change the love that they have for their child.
Some were strangely incensed that the question even needed to be asked, and some were open and welcoming to the idea but were worried that family and friends may not be as supportive.
Those who had felt the sting of words filled with homophobic judgement felt that some parents needed to wake up and look at their child for who they are, “People who would choose to take away their child's happiness, just because it doesn't suit their image of how their child should be, are just vile parents” said Jessica Skogstad author of ‘Enid and her two mums’.
Some said that they would struggle, not because of their child’s sexuality but because of society and its judgement towards the LBGT community. One woman who was in a same-sex relationship herself said “I know how horrible it can be to be judged and treated second class based purely on who you love. I wouldn't wish any hardship or judgement on him and this world can be cruel to anyone that is slightly different... I guess I just hope he doesn't have to walk in the same footsteps that I have”.
Society needs to change and become more inclusive, we shouldn't have to worry that our child will grow up and not be accepted into it because of who they are or who they love.
All funds from the charity auction will be going to InsideOUT.
You can find the auction on Trademe under the title “Bulk lot 'Baby and Mum' pack Charity Auction for InsideOUT'
The auction contains items from generous businesses in Australia and New Zealand.
Auction closes Sunday 9th July 2017 at midday.
Link to the Pumpkins in Trees blog
Link to the trademe auction
Link to second blog