Text of the acceptance speech at the 2016 Equality Utah Allies Dinner – By Neca Allgood
Thank you! We are humbled and overwhelmed by this recognition.
Mama Dragons, and our sibling organization the Dragon Dads, are relatively new groups. Long before we were taking our first tentative breaths of fire there were other parents who stood up for their gay kids. We want to give a special shout out to the parents of PFLAG, and to Mormon parents like Bill and Marge Bradshaw, Millie and Gary Watts, and Marsha and Clair Nielsen who, long before there were support groups on the internet, chose to love their gay kids.
We started about three years ago from a message thread created by Gina Crivello, who was searching for how she could support a LGBT student at her neighborhood high school.
In the last year alone we have grown from 450 members to 1000, and while that growth is wonderful, we would ultimately like to not exist at all. We look forward to the day when a kid coming out to their parents is as ordinary as them announcing they have a date to prom.
And while the Mama Dragons had great growth this year we have also had some tough losses. Suicide is the leading cause of death for young people in Utah. LGBTQ young people are at particular risk, and so we call on our fellow citizens and our state government to get serious about this REAL public health crisis.
Finally, we know we are not perfect parents. Fortunately, children don’t need perfect parents, they need good-enough parents.
Thanks to our kids for being patient with us as we work to become good-enough parents, working to create a good-enough state, a good-enough nation, and a good-enough world, so our kids, and every kid, can shine.