Love is Love

We talk a lot, in our house, about what it means to be a great ally. If your children are school-aged, they’re already learning about this responsibility. Their teachers are working hard to show them what inclusivity looks like, and to activate their empathy.

There is more to be done, though, and it has to be done at home. While there is certainly value in conversation about tough topics like bullying, and discrimination, action speaks louder – it always does. Speak up, in front of them, when you witness this kind of injustice. It will stick with them. Take them with you when you’re going to rally for something important. The protests at the legislature building in our city are, almost always, crawling with kids. It’s a safe, and responsible way to show them the importance of dissent in democracy, and that their voice, regardless of how small, matters.

Take them to the Edmonton Pride Festival. It’s June 9-18th, jam-packed with family-friendly activities, and I promise you, showing up is a wonderful way to lend your support. The parade is Saturday, June 10th from 11-2, and it’s full of rainbows, music, swag, and candy – basically everything kids love, am I right?

Following the parade, at the Pride in the Park Festival at End of Steel park, there will be food trucks, live entertainment, and child and youth zones with lots going on.

Let the kids pick out their loudest, most colourful outfits, and bring them out to one of the city’s brightest, happiest summer festivals, so they can see for themselves that Love is Love.

Lots more info about all that this festival offers at



Julie Farrell lives with her two daughters, wife, and dog in a downtown Edmonton condo. She coordinates the Downtown Edmonton Community League’s Urban Kids program and is an advocate for community enhancement and mental health. Julie also blogs about urban family life, sustainability, and minimalism at