Celebrate love…where ever it is found !

On Saturday I headed to Auckland.

Wet Hot Beauties 'Swan Song' 2013

The Daughter was performing in a water ballet titled Swan Song. I was delighted when I discovered earlier in the week that a parade was being held in Auckland that afternoon, and The Daughter, as well as a friend who was also up from Katikati and I headed to Ponsonby Road to watch.

At Auckland's Gay Pride Parade
At Auckland’s Gay Pride Parade

The Gay Pride Parade was held after a twelve year absence from Auckland’s streets. Back in 2001 the Hero Parade as it was known was held for the last time. The Hero Parade was a bit more raucous than Saturday’s, but I think that Saturday’s parade has a better future in store for it.

Auckland's Gay Pride Parade 2013

Among the thousands lining the streets I was thankful to see that families were out in force to support the parade. Grandparents, parents and children of all ages were taking part.

Auckland's Gay Pride Parade 2013

From a very young age I have known and cherished the friendships of people from both genders, from different corners of the world, different financial circles and different sexual orientations.

Auckland's Gay Pride Parade 2013

I guess I was lucky. At one of my jobs I was privileged to meet [for the first time I knew it at least] some wonderful people who were both lesbian and gay. I grew up in a time and a family that neither understood or embraced those that were different from the ‘norm’.

Auckland's Gay Pride Parade 2013

They taught me real love should be taken and given where ever you find it. They showed a naive young girl that despite what I had been taught growing up they weren’t bad, evil, different or abominations. They were just like me. People trying to find their way in this thing we call life.

NZ's Defence Forces marching for the first time in uniform.
NZ’s Defence Forces marching for the first time in uniform.

I have never understood the fear that homosexuality generates with some sections of the community.

Auckland's Gay Pride Parade 2013

At present New Zealand is debating a Marriage Bill that will finally allow gay couples to wed. It is long overdue. Although the New Zealand Marriage Act of 1955 does not ban marriage between those of the same sex in 1996 three lesbian couples were denied marriage licenses by the Registrar General. Since that time court cases have been fought and sadly lost in the fight for equality.

Auckland's Gay Pride Parade 2013

From the moment the bill was brought before our parliament for debate I have listened to some rather odd propaganda against it.

Auckland's Gay Pride Parade 2013

I have seen marriage declared a sacrament of the Church as an argument against gay marriage. John Calvin [a French theologian and pastor during the time of the Protestant Reformation. He was also a principal figure in the development of the system of Christian theology later called Calvinism] said of this: “Lastly, there is matrimony, which all admit was instituted by God, though no one before the time of (Pope) Gregory regarded it as a sacrament. What man in his sober senses could so regard it? God’s ordinance is good and holy; so also are agriculture, architecture, shoemaking, hair-cutting legitimate ordinances of God, but they are not sacraments.”

Auckland's Gay Pride Parade 2013

I have read that the crime rate will rise. That disease in plague proportions will return.

Auckland's Gay Pride Parade 2013

There was even a suggestion of communism riding in on the back of homosexuality to destabilise the country. Oh and the weirdest one was that my grandchildren will be at risk of ‘catching’ the homosexual bug.

Auckland's Gay Pride Parade 2013

Seeing families out for the afternoon at the Gay Pride Parade gives me hope for the future. Hope that the children there will grow up knowing that all should be free to love regardless of gender. And that all should be free to marry those they love, if this is what they want.

Auckland's Gay Pride Parade 2013

Sadly on the way to Auckland, when I stopped to take photos of a shag…the Canon 5D broke. Apparently it is a known fault.

Though it did give me a few bad moments when it happened as the camera is a photographer friend’s. So for now the Lumix and I are on our own.

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Author: Jo Bryant

I was born in the land of Banjo Paterson, gum trees, and weather extremes. I am a freelance writer. I live in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, but still like to claim my Australian heritage. I graduated with a Bachelor of Communications in 2008. I am writing my first novel. I love to write poetry, short stories, and also write for the web. And there is nothing that is on a par with a sunny summer's day spent at Waihi Beach.

50 thoughts on “Celebrate love…where ever it is found !”

      1. You’re welcome! Sorry I’ve been out of touch! I’ve been so busy these days between travel, writing and illnesses! I feel like I’ haven’t been keeping up on all my blog reading! πŸ™‚ Hope you are doing great!!!!

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  1. Great photos and oh I so admire those who can do that water ballet …. And I have had some of my best ever friends in the past who have been of both persuasion… and I dont know what all the fuse is about with those who shun such wonderful individuals..

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  2. Great post and photos ! Well done !
    In Italy we are “medioeval” , because of the strong “presence” of the Vatican and the bigots catholic parties have power and influence…
    We are not a real laic State 😦

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  3. I haven’t heard of the homosexual bug–it really makes you wonder about people doesn’t it. What would this world be like without diversity? And why can’t we all get along? Too many people care about little things. Why not focus on ending world hunger? Ending human trafficking? Just a couple of examples of real issues. Hurting people because they love people–I just don’t get that.

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  4. i have seen som many of these marches around the world, i really think times are changing and perhaps one day sexuality will be a personal matter, nothing to do with church and state … we have had a rainbow umbrella for many years and always smile broadly when people look at it!

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    1. It sure is…thanks for keeping up with me. I have been unable to keep up with blogging let alone visiting everyone…I feel awful about it but will try to catch up soon.

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  5. I have seen the Gay Pride Parade in NYC and it is something. Pretty wild. I liked looking at your parade.
    I enjoyed your words, supporting the bill for equal rights. I don’t understand the fear.

    Because I have a 5 D and a 5D Markii I was concerned that it has a known fault. UGH. Hope they repair it free as they say on the link.

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  6. Dear Jo,
    Thank you for speaking out! I am happy to say that in Washington State, where I live, gay marriage is now legal. This country was supposedly built on the premise of equal rights, but we still have a long way to go.

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