Father’s Day 2023
Father’s Day may not be easy for many LGBTQIA+ people. Some may be experiencing emotional pain as a result of family rejection or the loss of a loved one who was supportive and affirming. Some parents may also be experiencing negative feelings as a result of the unique societal obstacles of having an LGBTQIA+ child or identifying as LGBTQIA+ themselves. We hold space for all those who may be experiencing some tough emotions today.
Today and every day, we celebrate the dads that accept their LGBTQIA+ children for exactly who they are. Your children look to you for guidance; at a time when many LGBTQIA youth are struggling with feelings of wanting to be seen, respected and loved, your role as an accepting parent or parental figure is important in the lives of queer people everywhere. Parenting can be hard work but your support and unconditional love makes all the difference.
For those who are unable to celebrate #FathersDay with your father, know that you are worthy of unconditional love and acceptance. To the parents who may have lost an LGBTQIA+ child to hate and violence, we urge you to remember the good times and celebrate the time that you had with them. To the fathers and father figures who love and support their children regardless of beliefs, we uplift and celebrate you. To the gay, bi, pan and trans fathers, adoptive fathers, and father figures, we wish you a Happy Father’s Day.