We Are Family Too – What Does Family Mean to You?

Author with Malte and Timo, from his time as an Au Pair in Germany

As with many of the Prides that are happening in Ireland this year, there is a common theme. The theme is “We Are Family Too”. As part of this, Dublin Pride have built a special site WRF2.com to find out what family means to people.

I think this is a great idea! This way even if you are not in Dublin you can still contribute!

You can send your message in two ways. Online through this form or by post to

WRF2 Project,
105 Capel Street,
Dublin 1,

This is my submission.

What does family mean to me? Well it entirely depends on the context of the word.

When people ask about my family, I know they are talking about my parents and my sister. Sometimes that family can be wider to include my Grandmother, but by and large it is static.

When I think of my family I think of the same.

When I think of the family I want, that is when my view changes.

The family I want looks something like this.

My Partner

Not so different to the one I grew up with, but with a few differences. My Partner is also male. And the family is not based on marriage, but on a Civil Partnership.

This family is as loving as the one I grew up in. It is as nurturing and inspiring as the one I grew up in.

Why can’t I have a family like that?

Do give your opinion!

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Author: Stephen

Cork born and bred, proud European and Irishman. Involved in many organisations and politics. Also writes for SpirtualityIreland.org and UCC Express.

2 thoughts on “We Are Family Too – What Does Family Mean to You?”

  1. Its a good piece Stephen. My first thought was how sometimes my own (probably ill informed) opinions about gay marriage/ children can be a little bigoted. Especially when I fail to think of the people involved as just that, people and not the ‘gay’ label.

    I had a conversation with a friend a while back about gay families. Neither of us were sure if we were in favor or against. But one thing was clear. It was the change it would make in society that gave the greatest concern.(if that makes sense) Fear of the unknown maybe?

    1. I think you hit the nail on head there Kevin. The important bit is to separate the person from the label.

      Im not in favour of Gay Marriage, which has led me to having many arguments, but the family/children side of it I am very much in favour of.

      I have worked as an Au Pair and I have been a scout leader. I want to have children at some point because I know I can be a good father. I hope I will be given that chance.

      Thank you for your comment btw!

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