In less than three weeks I return to Minnesota - and to winter!
This trip home to Australia has been a very rewarding and enjoyable one. I’ve especially enjoyed spending time reconnecting with family and friends. . . . and, of course, the opportunity to soak up the warm summer weather!
Last month my older brother and his family traveled from Melbourne to Port Macquarie, where for about ten days the entire Bayly family was together. It was a very special time.
I feel very blessed to have the family I have. Each and every one of my family members love and support me for who I am and in the work I do in the U.S. I know that such affirmation isn’t always the case for gay people, a sad fact which makes me appreciate all the more my family’s love and support.
I share the following photos not only in a spirit of celebration of my family and the love we share, but also in a spirit of hope - a hope for the day to soon come when the idea of demeaning, ostracizing or rejecting a family member simply because of their sexual orientation is unthinkable. And I pledge to continue doing my part in making this day a reality within the context of Roman Catholicism.
I also share these images to dispel the fallacy that gay people and/or the gay orientation and its expression aims to destroy marriage and the family. The reality is, of course, that gay people are members of families and love their families. I hope these photos attest to that.
Above: My parents Gordon and Margaret Bayly - January 18, 2010.
Above: Standing between my two brothers, Chris (right) and Tim (left) - January 18, 2010.
These first two photos were taken at Swallows’ Ledge.
Above: My older brother Chris and his family. From left: Mitch, Ryan, Chris, Cathie, Brendan, and Liam.
Left: Chris and Cathie - January 18, 2010. In the American summer of 2008, Chris and his family visited me in the U.S. For images of their time in Minnesota, see here.
Right: My younger brother Tim and his wife Ros. For images of Tim and his band, click here.
Above: Tim and Ros’ two daughters Layne and Sami.
Above: “Grandpa Bayly” with the youngest of his grandchildren, Brendan.
Above: Mitchell and Liam.
Above: Brendan and Layne.
Above: Tim, Sami, and Ros at the lookout above Lighthouse Beach (and close to Tacking Point Lighthouse).
Above: Chris, celebrating his birthday on January 18.
Above: Mum and Dad.
Above: With my parents and brothers. From left: Chris, me, Dad, Mum, and Tim - January 18, 2010.
Above: My nieces and nephews. From left: Ryan, Mitchell, Liam, Brendan, Layne, and Sami - January 18, 2010.
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
A Bush Christmas
A Visit from the Hometown Relatives
My “Bone Country”
Commemorating My Grandfather, Aub Bayly, and the Loss of AHS Centaur
Remembering Nanna Smith
The White Rooster
One of These Boys . . .
The Bayly Family - January 2009
The Bayly Family - July 2006
An Australian Christmas (2006)
Congratulations, Mum and Dad
Catholic Rainbow (Australian) Parents