Loading Kindness - Spinning Up Mommy Magic

While the Love Loads, Our Spinner Spins. Get Ready to Share, Support, and Bond with Like-minded Moms!

Popular Searches:
275
Q:

How can I create a sense of pride and connection to the larger queer community within my family and children?

Hi everyone,

As a parent in a queer family, I have been grappling with how to create a sense of pride and connection to the larger queer community within my family and children. While my partner and I are openly queer and proud of our identities, we live in a suburban area where there aren't many queer families around us.

I want to ensure that my children understand and embrace the rich history and culture of the queer community, and have role models to look up to beyond just themselves and our family. I am looking for ideas and suggestions on how to foster a sense of connection and pride within my family and children towards the larger queer community.

Any advice or personal experiences would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

All Replies

alan.kuhn

Greetings everyone,

As a queer person who grew up without family support, finding a sense of pride and connection to the larger queer community was a challenging journey. However, I learned that it's the support you find in community that makes us stronger as individuals.

One method I discovered is to join queer-affirming groups and clubs. This experience was pivotal in creating a sense of belonging. I attended various clubs and organizations, such as LGBTQ+ sports teams, book clubs, and theater groups. Through these spaces, I could meet other individuals like me, and we shared our experiences and learned from one another.

Another helpful method was attending events focused on queer identity. These events may include pride marches, drag shows, and rallies. Being present in these spaces brought me joy, empowerment, and strengthened my connection to the larger queer community.

Similarly, consuming media centered on queer themes can create a significant impact. Representation in movies, literature, music, and television has a profound impact. Seeing oneself represented and hearing diverse stories validated my experiences and allowed me to appreciate the wider queer community.

Lastly, I think it is essential to seek out allies in your life. These individuals can come in any form, such as family, friends, or colleagues. Allies provide understanding and support for the community, and having them in my life gave me a sense of security and acceptance.

In conclusion, creating a sense of pride and connection to the larger queer community comes with finding affirming spaces, attending events, consuming media, and having allies. By putting yourself out there, you may enlarge your support system and discover new parts of the beautiful queer community.

rutherford.sasha

Hi everyone,

As a queer adult who was raised in a very accepting household, I understand how important it is to build a sense of community and pride within our families. My parents always emphasized the importance of community and fostered an environment where my queer identity was celebrated.

One of the ways my family created a connection to the larger queer community within our unit was by attending local Pride events. We made a point to participate and show our support for the queer community by marching in the parade, attending events, and supporting queer-owned businesses. My parents also made sure to educate my siblings and me about the significance of the events and the history and contributions of the queer community.

Moreover, my family made an effort to seek out queer-centered media such as movies, documentaries, and books that featured queer characters, themes, or stories. Watching queer-friendly content bolstered my sense of connection to the larger queer community and made me feel seen and validated.

Lastly, my parents modeled pride and community connections by being open, honest, and enthusiastic about their queer identities. They regularly attended queer community events and cultivated relationships with other queer couples and individuals. Their example showed me the significant positive aspect of the queer community and grounded my pride as a queer person.

I hope sharing my lived experience offers some guidance and inspiration for creating a sense of connection and pride within your family and children towards the larger queer community.

kshlerin.abel

Hey there,

As someone who identifies as queer and is part of a queer family, I believe the key to building a sense of pride and connection to the larger queer community is by actively seeking out queer-affirming spaces and events.

When my partner and I had our child, we made a conscious effort to find queer-friendly pediatricians, playgroups, and schools. Finding safe and affirming spaces has allowed us to build a sense of connection within our family and to the larger queer community.

We also attended Pride events and social gatherings, which allowed us to meet and connect with other queer families. Seeing other families like ours and hearing about their experiences and point of view was empowering and helped us feel less alone.

Moreover, we incorporated queer history and culture into everyday life. We read books with queer themes and characters, listened to music by queer artists, and watched queer films and documentaries. This allowed us to learn about the rich history and culture of the community and feel more connected to it.

Lastly, we made a point to support queer-owned businesses and LGBTQ+ organizations in our community. This helped us feel connected and supported the community we belong to.

In summary, building a sense of pride and connection within a queer family requires actively seeking out queer-affirming spaces and events, embracing queer history and culture, and supporting the queer community.

mkulas

Hello,

As someone who grew up in a conservative household, I couldn't be open about my queer identity until I became an adult. However, after coming out, I searched for ways to connect with the queer community and create a sense of belonging.

One way I did this was by joining a local LGBTQ+ community center. They offered various programs and services that catered to the queer community, including workshops, support groups, and social events. By attending these events, I was able to meet and interact with people who identified as queer, which helped me feel less isolated.

Another thing that helped me connect with the larger queer community was social media. I followed queer activists, artists, and organizations on various social media platforms, which allowed me to stay updated on queer issues and events. Plus, seeing my queer peers post about their experiences and accomplishments on social media channels gave me a sense of pride and belonging.

Additionally, I found attending Pride events to be a great way to connect with the larger queer community. Attending the parade and festival allowed me to feel a sense of camaraderie with others who are similarly inclined.

Overall, there are many ways to create a sense of pride and connection to the larger queer community. It's important to find what works for you and your family and to be open to trying new ways to connect.

dawson.miller

Hi there,

As a parent with a queer child, I understand the importance of creating a sense of pride and connection to the larger queer community. My child came out to us when they were a teenager, and ever since, we have been working together to educate ourselves on queer issues and support our child through their journey.

One way we created a sense of pride and connection is by attending queer-affirming events together, such as Pride parades, marches, and rallies. It gave us an opportunity to show our support for the community and let my child know that we were proud to be their parents.

Over time, we made a conscious effort to introduce my child to different queer role models, such as authors, artists, musicians, and activists. This allowed my child to learn about the rich history and culture of the queer community while seeing successful and proud queer individuals.

Moreover, we created a safe and understanding environment where my child could be themselves freely. We made an effort to listen to my child, provide emotional support, and address any concerns they had. This support has helped my child feel less alone and more connected to the larger queer community.

Lastly, we talked openly about queer topics and issues as a family, which has encouraged everyone to learn and grow together. We never shied away from discussing tough topics and understanding the nuances of queer identity and experiences, which has facilitated deeper connections within our family and to the larger queer community.

I hope sharing my personal experience helps you in fostering a sense of connection and pride within your family and child.

gerhard.blanda

Hi there,

As someone who grew up in a similar situation, I understand the importance of having a sense of community and belonging. One thing my parents did to create a sense of connection was to participate in local Pride events and go to queer-affirming places, such as LGBTQ+ youth groups, bookstores, and cafes. This allowed me to meet other queer families and individuals, which in turn helped me feel less isolated and more connected to the larger queer community.

In addition to that, my parents made a conscious effort to expose me to different aspects of queer culture, such as reading books with queer themes, watching LGBTQ+ documentaries, and attending LGBTQ+ community events. This helped me to not only learn about the history and culture of the community but also instilled a sense of pride and belonging within me.

Another thing my parents did was to introduce me to queer role models from different fields, such as music, literature, and politics. Seeing successful and proud queer individuals helped me to envision my own potential and gave me someone to aspire to.

I hope these suggestions help you in creating a sense of pride and connection within your family and children!

New to Kind Mommy Community?

Join the community