Sunday, May 23, 2010
Gay Pride and the Apartheid Controversy
Oh boy. Sometimes it's not easy being a gay guy. First my beloved Montreal Canadiens get hammered by the goons from Philadelphia. Which depressed me deeply.
Then I read this story.
An outgoing gay rights activist is recovering from a vicious mugging that police describe as having “overtones of a hate crime.”
Chris Rabideau, 26, suffered a concussion, a broken nose, a swollen right eye and bruising on his face and neck when two male robbers beat him unconscious on Friday morning.
Which made me really angry.
And then I read this one.
And I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
Let me get this straight... if you'll pardon the expression. A motley group of scummy politicians, homophobes, and Greater Israel lobbyists puts pressure on the Pride Committee, and they cave because they can't afford to lose any more sponsors. How humiliating ....and INFURIATING.
Gimme a break. I love the Israeli people as much as I love the Palestinians. I hate anti-Semites as much as I hate homophobes. But criticizing the brutish and un-Jewish policies of the Israeli government is not anti-semitic.
And anybody who says that this parade has ever been hateful against ANYONE...
Should get his or her head examined. Because if these bigots and fools lose any more I.Q. points we'll have to WATER them.... with our super soakers.
On the other hand I'm not too impressed with the Queers Against Israeli Apartheid group either. I recognize that the Israeli-Palestinian struggle is the central event of their lives. I identify with their oppression. Just like I identify with the Jewish struggle for survival.
But Gay Pride Day is the day when we remember OUR cause, and OUR martyrs.Like the millions of gays who live in fear in Arab countries, and the ones who are routinely butchered by the thugs from Hamas. And this group doesn't. Not even for ONE day.
You know there is a tendency in some progressive circles to downgrade our gay struggle, to stick us at the back of the bus. Even though we are the most persecuted minority on earth. I don't accept that horseshit from straight groups, so I'm not about to accept it from a queer one.
Not when gay people are being attacked right here in Canada...
And Stephen Harper's foul Cons are waging war on the rights of gays and women.
Oh well. At least this pathetic controversy has convinced me of one thing. I'm going to have to be a volunteer.
Great eh? There goes my Pride Weekend. Bye bye party, hello garbage detail.
First the Canadiens fold. Then the Pride Committee caves. Then the homophobes celebrate. Now I'm condemned to wield a broom instead of doing a glamorous job like security because Sébastien says I like to fight too much?
Oh boy...I mean oy vey. As I said in the beginning.
Sometimes it ain't easy to be a gay guy.
And sometimes it's FABULOUS ...