Well I see that the story I wrote about in my last post..... about how almost 20 percent of Canadians hate gay people so much they don't even want to be our neighbours.... went down like a lead balloon.
I thought it was a good story
Homophobia was by far the main source of bigotry in most western countries: over 80% of bigoted people in Northern Ireland and Canada, and 75% of bigots in Austria, the USA, Great Britain, Ireland and Italy wouldn't want gays or lesbians as neighbours.
I thought it was interesting that homophobia had finally been quantified. And that now we REALLY know we are the most hated group in Canada. And that this country isn't the tolerant place that so many people think it is...
But I was just about the only one. Almost nobody picked up the story. No straight people. No gays. I guess the truth hurts too much....
I can understand why straight people...on the right and the left...might not want to publicize the story. Because of what it says about them. But as for gay people I can only blame that on our slave mentality....
After growing up in a homophobic society, and finally finding a safe space of their own, many gays and lesbians just want to live their lives. They don't want to be gay rebels. They don't want to rock the boat.
They can somehow accept that so many heteros hate them ...and take it for granted. They settle for less than others do...like slaves. As long as nobody whips them or kills them.
Oh Mammy Mammy they say. It could be so much worse.We could live in Russia.
Even Sebastien wasn't too excited or sympathetic. "You can't make people love us Simon," he said. And went back to reading the paper.
And as for the other gay guys in the bunker. No gay rebels there either. All they wanted to talk about was Anna Nicole Smith. Vomit. All I can say about that is thank fucking god for CNN's Jack Cafferty.
Although I notice he wasn't anchoring his In the Money show today. So I wonder if he's been punished for telling the truth that hurts.
Just like all real rebels are.
So that's why I am so disappointed.... that Canada still has so far to go. That so many people still hate us. And so few people seem to care.
I wanted to end this post with an angry music video.
But I just couldn't....so I'll end with something more cheery instead .....even though I've played another version before. Because now it's a video. Because the piano in it once belonged to Freddy Mercury and he was a gay rebel.
Oh yeah...why don't you like me.. why don't you like me? I can be anything you want...but some things you choose and some things you can't.
Like being an angry gay rebel who believes in confronting bigotry head on. Even if it rocks the boat.
In a land full of bigots and slaves.....I won't settle for anything less than freedom.
Even if the truth hurts...