The month of June has come, which means a month-long celebration of LGBT Pride. This year, one Pride parade will make history by having the youngest Grand Marshal for the event ever: 11-year-old C.J. Duron.
According to HuffPo, the 11-year-old boy, a "gender creative" kid who goes by he/him pronouns, will "return to O.C. Pride in Santa Ana, California as the youngest grand marshal in Pride Month’s 48-year history."
Lori Duron, C.J.'s mom says the presence of her 11-year-old child will send a message to all the "haters."
"It’s sending a message to those haters who came out so strongly after last year’s pride that it doesn’t matter," said Lori Duron. "We are still right here, supporting our son and loving him no matter what. It’s about him and making sure he’s happy and healthy and sure of who he is and able to be his most authentic self. It’s not about what they think or what they tweet."
Last year, C.J. Duron rose to prominence when James Woods blasted his family for using a young child in an inappropriate way to promote an agenda.
According to Lori Duron, the year has been tough on her family because one of C.J.'s best friends reportedly said that her family "doesn’t hang out with gay people."
"There has been a lot of crying all together as a family this year," C.J. Duron told HuffPost. "But not as much crying as when we watch 'This is Us.'"
Despite all that, the 11-year-old has been embraced by every corner of the Left. Earlier this year, C.J visited the American Academy of Pediatrics in Washington, D.C. to educate them about working with non-binary kids. He also called for "de-segregation of boys and girls in gym classes district-wide, and just this month he received an award for his LGBTQ advocacy work."
"I'm just being myself," he told HuffPo.
"A lot of creative kids feel like school isn’t the place for them," said C.J.'s mom. "Right now, C.J. doesn’t want to go to sixth grade, he wanted to look into other options. It’s fine with us, but I wish other parents could see how hurtful this is and how this could change the trajectory of his life. Other parents and school administrators don’t see that we’re working like hell to at least get through elementary school and at least have it be a pleasant experience."
In prepping for Pride month, Lori says the family watched "Milk" the other night, the biopic about a known pederast who was not killed due to homophobia. They also began reading several Pride children's books.
"He started watching ‘Milk’ the other night, we read a children’s book about Pride a couple of times," she said. "We do want him to understand that it’s not just all about glitter. We want him to understand the history, and we’re always trying to find those teachable moments."
"Call Me By Your Name" will have to wait a few more years.