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I was sitting in my apartment as World Pride Toronto 2014 had wound down, fuck was I tired, I poured myself a drink, sat on my balcony with my faggot rainbow LED lights and flags. Very happy reflecting on what an awesome time I had.
I pulled out my iPad and was catching up on a lot of the posts that I had missed, from various sources, since the week had been so busy and I had a lot of responsibilities.
I came across an article by the GailyGrind.com and I had some serious mixed emotions.
I am so heart broken and so proud at the same time. I don’t think I have ever experienced that level of confrontation at a Pride event before.
I don’t want to sit from a place of privilege, I only hope to inspire those of you that have to, to keep keeping on.
Why I think PRIDE is important is because from all the education, hard work, and evolution of the society that I live in, there are repercussions for behaviour of this sort.
We still have a lot of people to educate, generations in fact. I think that PRIDE will always be important, but one day it will be a celebration of peace and not of strife.
When laws do not have to be enacted to offer protection or equality, then and ONLY then can Pride be a celebration and a time of reflection.
With wackos like you saw in the video, that preach hate, we just have a huge fight ahead of us. I think it is vital that those that have the privilege to live in a society that is accepting, we still need to fight for those that don’t.
I am very proud of World Pride 2014 here in Toronto. For those that visited I truly hope you felt our hospitality, love and appreciation for you.
I saw them coming up the road pre-Parade and looked at Sylvia and DonnaTella and said, ‘Ladies, let’s make a wall!’ Before I knew it, I was standing tits to nose with the leader guy on the megaphone. It felt like I had the strength of all the people who had ever been hurt by these people standing right behind be me giving me power!
Please go read the full article on The Gaily Grind.
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