"Here’s the thing, I don’t technically torture him, I call it making him a better person or making him tougher.”
Estoy orgullosa de tener una maravillosa novia!!!
I think when people hear the word proud in connection with the LGBT community they think of alternative lifestyles being thrown in their face. The thing they cannot process is that it has nothing to do with them. The point is that people make “choices” regardless of what a stranger thinks. Thinking someone else’s actions are about YOU requires the values and self-centeredness of a immature teenager. Adults, free people, Americans make choices regardless of whether a child likes it or takes it personally. You will not stop doing something because the teenager next door thinks is gross. Kids/Teenagers react that way when they have have a small world view and limited coping skills.
When we say “proud” we mean is that a stranger’s disapproval has no bearing on our actions.
So next time you wear a tshirt for an unpopular band, you get in the car everyone hates but you love, you choose to wear yoga pants people think are a little too sheer - you are living your life regardless of other’s opinion. You are proud. You are free.
Now imagine not being able to hold someone’s hand because the teenager next door thinks you’re [______too fat, too ugly, too old, not cool, gross, just going through a phase, displeasing his god Poseidon, FILL IN THE BLANK___] and doesn’t want to see it.
We are proud and free when we stop caring about that immature teenager. It has nothing to do with the teenager, it’s about loving ourselves and our values despite a stranger’s opinion.