“Family Values”

“Family Values”…  A term that, since the 2012 election, seems to be making a comeback…   And not in a good way…

There are some in our country that feel they have ownership of these words.  And they feel it is their right to use them as a club to verbally (and also physically) ‘beat’ those they don’t approve of…  To alienate rather than include…  To judge rather than accept…  And quite frankly, I think it’s time we take them back.

This Thanksgiving I was reminded of just how lucky I am to be part of a family that loves and accepts me for exactly who I am.  They are not related by blood…  They are black and white…  Brown and yellow…  Straight and gay…  Male and female…  Young and old…  They are people that, I believe, God led me to and for that I will be eternally grateful.

These are my “Family’s Values”:

Compassion…  Honesty…  Empathy…  A true want for your kin’s happiness…  Unconditional acceptance…  Loving without strings.

What are yours?

Michael Foley

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Michael Foley

Michael Foley currently lives in Los Angeles where he pursues his passions. Writing, psychology, spirituality and politics. He has been a fierce advocate for LGBT rights since the early 80′s, during which time he was part of New York City’s Act-Up and a volunteer at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. He has worn many hat’s over the years including nearly a decade in Corporate America where he was an Operations Manager in the Insurance Industry (please don’t hold that against him). Today he is a produced playwright and actor who continues to support and fight for LGBT equality and the healing of the LGBT Community.