Monday, June 23, 2014
WorldPride 2014 and the Shadow of the Deathly Con Regime
Well it wasn't the yellow brick road, it was just the rainbow crosswalk in Toronto's gay village.
But it did lead to an amazing place.
A celebration so big that two million people are expected to attend, and at one point 25 city blocks will have to be closed off.
And all I could think was, we have come a long way eh?
And so has Canada.
But of course it's more than just a big party, and definitely more than about corporate acceptance.
It's a chance to meet with LGBT activists from all over the world, and support those who are still fighting for their freedom in places like Uganda.
Ugandan Richard Lusimbo still lives in fear nearly four months after a local tabloid put a picture of his face on its front page accompanied by the headline "How I Became Homo."
"I couldn't speak to anyone in my family or my friends. I was shut out, I just couldn't move in public, because I didn't know who would attack me on the street. I couldn't go for grocery shopping."
And for me it's also a time to remember the millions and millions of other gay people who couldn't make it to WorldPride 2014.
Not just those in Africa, or all those other countries.
But also all those gay kids in Canada who were bullied to death before they too could make it to safety and freedom.
Kids like Jamie Hubley.
Who like so many others had the misfortune to live in a country with a leader like Stephen Harper.
A morally depraved bully who has voted against every gay rights bill ever brought before Parliament.
A creepy kook who believes that gay people choose to be who they are...
A monster who in eight years in power never lifted a finger to fight bullying or homophobia, to pleasure the rabid religious base of his deathly Con regime.
Until when forced to do something about bullying, came up with this monstrous bill.
New cyberbullying legislation introduced by the Canadian government is set to let police gain access to computers and remotely track cellphone users’ movements and activities, privacy experts fear.
Which doesn't even mention the world BULLY.
In fact, the term ‘cyberbullying’ may be a bit misleading: there are no mentions of ‘cyber’ or ‘bully’ in the document, despite the fact that the bill originated following several children committing suicide as a result of online bullying.
And makes me sick to my stomach.
But then when I stared at this mural today I was reminded of how long and how brutal has been the battle...
(click pic to enlarge)
How proud I am to belong to a community that has had to struggle so hard for its rights, and the rights of others, but never gives up.
And how especially proud I am that all my closest gay friends are fully engaged in the battle to defeat the Con regime. Because they REALLY know how to fight eh?
So I'll end, as I have before, by letting poor Jamie Hubley, who I'm sure would have attended WorldPride if he was still alive.
Send this message to Stephen Harper from beyond the grave.
We do not CHOOSE to be gay, we were BORN this way...
And I'll just say this:
We will remember Jamie, all our martyrs, and all the others who could not make it to WorldPride 2014.
We will march for them as well.
And Stephen Harper should know this:
Wherever the rainbow flag of freedom flies.
He is not welcome...
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