Sir Elton John has written a letter on his 75th birthday dedicated to his sons in which he mentions that he worried about bringing up children in a world that’s still homophobic. The letter was published on Time’s website and offered up some helpful advice to his two boys.
Zachary and Elijah, who are now nine and 11 years old, were adopted by Sir Elton and David Furnish in the 2010s. In the recently released letter, he mentioned that he wanted to share some life lessons with them.
The singer revealed that when he was younger he wanted to “fit in” but learned that “being true” to himself is what gave him his voice. He also said that he’s seen a lot of positive social change in his lifetime.
“In my 75 years as a gay man, I have seen so much positive social change,” he wrote, “It used to be that LGBTQ+ people were seen as ‘wrong’ or ‘the bad guys’. We still have a ways to go, but, your Papa and I felt safe enough to bring you both into this world.”
Reflecting on these changes, Sir Elton also noted that there’s still quite a way to go before LGBTQ+ people are treated equally. He expressed that this reality had previously manifested into fears about how people would treat his children, given that they have two dads.
He said: “Part of us was still scared. Would other kids tease you because you have two dads?” This fear was squashed when Sir Elton’s children started school and learned that being “different was okay”.
As an advocate for all of the LGTBQ+ community, Sir Elton then went on to say that more needs to change as the government in Florida wants to stop kids’ teachers from “even ‘saying gay’ in their classroom”. Around the world there “are at least 68 countries” that still criminalise LGBTQ+ people as well, he said.
Sir Elton’s letter also contained reflections on how “fortunate” he had been in his lifetime and he ended by saying that he just wants his sons to be themselves. He said: “Be yourself. Push the envelope a bit, and ruffle some feathers where you need to. Remember that what unites us is far greater than what divides us.”
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