Maria T. Mejia; Miami, Fla.
The meaning of "PRIDE" for me is being proud of who you are and coming to terms with who you are. I believe pride is something we should have all year round (not just a month).
My wife Lisa and I don't go to every Pride parade ... but when we do go it is to be around our community and share and celebrate our love and our friends. It is wonderful to also be in a place where we can hold hands and just be like the normal couple that we are!
Pride is about Lisa and our love! How blessed we are to be in a country where we have some type of freedom to love each other. I do not agree with people marching and screaming and getting in people's faces to have them understand our love; I believe in educating them and leading by example. Our love is like any true love. :) We are just like any couple with life's ups and downs.
I hope one day we can just continue to celebrate each other, and have no need of any types of parades to be heard because we will just be seen as what we are
: a committed, loving couple that hopes to grow old together.
Read Maria's story of coming out to herself -- and her mother.