Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Should the Gay Pride Parade be Cancelled?
OMG. Pass me a towel. I see that the hideous Con nerd Tony Clement is still spitting out the Big Lie that his decision to cut funding to Toronto's Gay Pride Festival is not buh buh buh bigotry.
The Conservative government defended its decision not to grant money to Toronto’s Gay Pride festival this year, saying the event is a victim of its own success, not social conservative ideology.
And that the fags can puh puh puh pay for it themselves. Because you know gays are loaded eh?
Even though it is bigotry. Even though many gays are poor. Even though as the homophobic haggis Barbara Kay points out, the festival stands to lose even more funding.
Under pressure from voluble anti-QAIA city councillors, taxpayers' associations and activist Jewish gays rightfully offended and discomfited by QAIA's hateful messaging, Toronto may cut its funding to Pride - we'll know in a few days - and it's unclear whether the Ontario provincial government will contribute the same $350,000 this year that they gave in 2009. Apparently several sponsors already have quietly dropped their endorsement over the QAIA issue, as the Pride Toronto website as of May 9 shows only two corporate sponsors, TD Bank and Labatt Breweries. Proctor and Gamble and Pepsi Cola were there a month ago, but seem to have decamped, along with others.
And the Cons gave more than one-million dollars to the Calgary Stampede for the second year in a row. Even though it charges admission and has a list of sponsors as tall as an oil rig.
While the Gay Festival has almost none.
And it's expensive to hold a free party for a million people...most of them straight.
When you don't get any money, but the city does.
“(The) Pride (festival) leaves a $100 million economic footprint, creates 650 jobs and generates $18 million in tax revenue.
But here's the thing eh? For me the Gay Festival is about more than a parade. It's a week-long gathering to celebrate our very survival in the face of the brutish bigotry that seeks to diminish or kill us. A chance to showoff our artists, and show closeted seniors or kids that they are not alone.
So maybe we should cancel the parade. Or hold it in a closed stadium and charge admission.
Or maybe this is enough.
A week-long private party just for OURSELVES.
And if the city doesn't like it tell them to blame the Cons or THEMSELVES.
I'd be sorry not to be able to entertain all those straight people in Toronto. Or soak them with my water gun.
But since so few of them have come to our defence. No editorials, almost no blog posts from those who should know that this not just a parade. Just a torrent of hateful comments in all the Toronto newspapers. About how it's so PERVERTED.
Maybe they don't deserve it.
Maybe it's time to let everybody know that we are fighting for our survival.
We can only count on ourselves.
And we are not a PARADE...