On Nov 1, marking 100 days until the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, P&G launched “Love Over Bias – The film imagines what the world could be like if we all saw each other through a mom’s eyes.
This video brings many folks to tears, I suspect because so many people can relate to this message. I relate to this message, not because of the bias I have seen affect my life, but because we are a family that is different that “the norm,” and I worry about the bias my child might experience.
The film celebrates a mom’s role as her child’s first and greatest advocate, the one who sees her child’s potential regardless of how others might see them. The hope is that this film will help bring people together to talk openly about bias, its role in limiting human potential and the need to see beyond the things that divide us to the common things that can bring us together. Titled “Love Over Bias,” the film illustrates a wide range of bias that athletes and many other people around the world unfortunately face. It also highlights our mothers’ roles in supporting us in overcoming these hurdles. Many athletes face obstacles stemming from what they look like, who they love or where they come from on their journey to the Olympic stage.
My son has two dads. There is no mom, and I am the primary caregiver and am very conscious of our surroundings and what I have to do to protect my child. We made a decision to raise him in New York City because we felt there would be the least amount of discrimination towards him and his family. Thankfully we were 100% correct. We have experienced almost no bias since his birth over 14 years ago. I am incredibly grateful for that, and therefore honored to have been chosen to share this message with you!
I know we are the lucky ones. We are not pioneers like some friends of mine out in suburbia, or less accepting states. Which is why I am grateful to P & G for highlighting that a mom, and/or a dad, are the biggest champions for their children, protecting them every step of the way, so the bias they encounter is at least minimized and handled appropriately, so that all parties involved can learn from the situation.
I attended an event to celebrate the release of this video and I was thrilled to meet with two Olympic champions, one of whom is Michelle Kwan: “Michelle Wingshan Kwan is an American retired figure skater. She is a two-time Olympic medalist, five-time World champion and nine-time U.S. champion.” Wow!
What an honor it was to meet this figure skating icon! Michelle’s biggest hardship on the road to Olympic stardom was financial. While all the other girls had expensive skates and outfits, Michelle’s were not as new. She always knew how hard her immigrant parents worked to support her training through those years, and in sports, like life, sometimes there is bias towards poorer participants.
I also met with Gus Kenworthy, the 2014 Olympic Silver medalist in Men’s freestyle skiing and the first openly gay action sports athlete. I asked to do a quick skiing video with him!
We discussed growing up with bias. He shared that his fear of coming out of the closet kept him hidden, and was not affected by bias except perhaps his own internalized feelings about how the world views gay people.
His mom was with us, so I insisted on taking a picture with all of us!
For more information please visit LoveOverBias.com!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of P& G, and all opinions are 100% honest and my own.