Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Jamie Hubley, the Cons, and the Cycle of Hate
It's been about a week since Jamie Hubley killed himself. And although for a while I was so sad I could hardly write about this tragedy, now I'm feeling better.
Because now I've seen how many young Canadians have been moved to action.
I have been encouraged by the amount of attention his death has received in the MSM, after so many years of shameful silence. And this was a pleasant surprise.
But here's the thing eh?
When it comes to the Harper Cons words are not enough.
Dan Savage, the Seattle columnist who started the “It Gets Better” movement, wrote that Canada’s Conservatives who have made it worse for gays and lesbians in the past can have evolving views.
“But it’s going to take more than a video to undo the damage done by Vic Toews and Canada’s conservatives,’’ Savage wrote. “This was, quite literally, the least Vic and his conservatives could do. The very least.’’
Because in five years in power they have done NOTHING to fight bullying and homophobia. Nothing to break the cycle of hate.
Like my beautiful province is doing.
Now is the time for the Harper government to redeem itself by supporting a national strategy to fight bullying and homophobia in our schools. If they did that I still wouldn't vote for them, but I would be the first to applaud them.
Because I believe in the power of redemption, and protecting children, gay or straight, should not be a partisan issue, just the right, decent, and HUMAN thing to do.
So I never have to watch a Canadian kid cry out for help.
And have his or her words fall on deaf ears.
Like Jamie's did...
Jamie called his YouTube channel Catch me Blondy.
But nobody caught him in time.
Let his death move us ALL to action.
So it never happens again...