Monday, July 04, 2016
Justin Trudeau and the Attempted Hijacking of the Gay Pride Parade
Well I got there late, as usual. So I had to settle for a place in row 18. And I had to leave early because my stitched up knee started to swell up.
But after my best Canada Day ever, it was my best Gay Pride parade ever.
It was an amazing sight. I've never seen so many people in my life.
And I did stay long enough to see history made.
And hear the roar of the crowd.
At the sight of a Canadian Prime Minister marching in a Gay Pride parade for the very first time.
For all the spectacle and pageantry of Pride, it seemed Trudeau was the focus for many standing along the parade route and perched on roofs of Yonge St. buildings.
The first sitting prime minister to walk in the Pride parade, Trudeau was hemmed inside the barricaded route for nearly two hours of walking, broken up with a little dancing and two direct hits from toy water guns.
Which as I explained yesterday, after the stealthy bigotry of the Harper years, was a very big deal for LGBT Canadians.
For having a leader like Justin Trudeau embrace them and their fight against bigotry so joyously...
Even when he's being blasted with water guns, is for many gay people like a dream come true.
And the fact that like the rest of us Justin was facing down a murderous threat from ISIS, made it even more special. And let's hope those crazies got the message:
WE ARE NOT AFRAID.
So yeah, it was all fabulous...
Except for one ugly incident.
When the small but noisy Black Lives Matter group tried to hijack the parade.
Black Lives Matter brought Sunday’s Pride parade to a standstill on Sunday to force the annual celebration of LGBT equality to answer for its “anti-blackness,” the protesters said.
The group, an honoured guest at this year’s parade, stopped its float and marchers at Yonge and College Sts. for more than 30 minutes, refusing to move until Pride officials met their demands.
As you can see here...
In an attempt to turn a day of unity into one of division, with a selfish and pathetic publicity stunt.
Where they held a million people hostage in the hot sun for 30 minutes, to blackmail parade organizers into agreeing to a long list of demands.
Which they had no right to do, and only betrayed their complete lack of respect for the gay community, which comes in many colours.
Before going off to celebrate their great victory...
Or twerk it.
Which since they had been honoured by Pride TO, and they knew that the parade organizers would not ask the police to dislodge them, was no great victory.
It only made them look like bullies, or racist homophobes. And their message made as much sense as this tweet from the Con boob Maxime Bernier.
Who somehow managed to include the logo of the National Rifle Association into his message of solidarity.
On a day when the parade was honouring the victims of the Orlando massacre...
As only the boob from the Beauce could.
But then Black Lives Matter and Bernier weren't the only losers. For Rona Ambrose and some of her Cons were also there.
Trying to look like they weren't the same gang that discriminated against LGBT Canadians for almost ten years.
And no doubt hoping that the Black Lives Matter incident would take the spotlight off Justin Trudeau.
Although as you can see, after mocking Justin's well known saying "Because it's 2016" for months, now they're trying to steal it.
And all I can say is good luck with that, because as you can see Justin owns that one...
And after today I'm pretty sure that he's going to own the loyal support of most LGBT Canadians for a VERY long time.
Because he is their dream come true.
So although I had to leave early, and limp off in pain. And although I'm still angry that some nasty little group of publicity seekers tried to ruin the one day we set aside to celebrate our survival.
They did fail miserably.
It was my best Gay Pride day ever.
And I will remember it forever...
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