Peter Notes Not All People are Proud of Pride

I always try to start my column off with an item which will pique your interest and make you want to read the whole thing and maybe even do further research into whatever issue I am writing about.

This week, Loyal Reader, the people whom I am writing about have done it for me. 

As a demonstration of support for the LGBTQIA2S+ community, various municipalities and public organizations have been displaying “Pride” colours. Such displays take many forms, including flying the “Pride” flag and even painting crosswalks in “Pride” colours. What  wonderful gestures of inclusiveness, wouldn’t you agree?

Well apparently not everyone does. At least two of those supportive crosswalks have been defaced. Someone scuffed them by driving over them and “slamming on the brakes”, leaving unsightly skid marks. And these acts, by the way, weren’t performed by inebriated teenagers. No, the culprits were “adults”, in their late forties or early fifties. They live here, in Ontario, in case you didn’t know that.

Now there has also been at least one incident involving a “Pride” flag being burned. In that case, the perpetrators were teenagers, and they used social media to send video of this despicable act to those whom they felt warranted having this act of hatred “brought” to their attention.

Now do realize that I have made no active search online for acts such as the three I have mentioned above. I just ran across these scrolling through the Internet. It is truly sad to see the reactions of many people to any discussion about “gay” rights, as an aside, especially on the Internet.

Take the question of “gay marriage”, for example. It generates the usual flurry of hateful, attention seeking and dismissive reactionary rhetoric. (As an aside, it is not my intention to perpetuate any of these horrible barbs, we have all heard them and sometimes have even had them aimed at us.) I do find it interesting that many of the more strident homophobic comments originate from people who feature biblical verses on their timelines. I have to wonder “What would jesus do?” 

I think that what really puzzles me is that the LGBTQIA2S+ really doesn’t want anything out of the ordinary. They want to live their lives as they choose, without fear of judgment or harassment. I can’t see how any sensible person could be opposed to that.

Anyway, I am proud to have friends all across the sexual spectrum, and I will always be your ally as you battle for the life which you deserve.

Oh yeah, my topic for this week is “Pride Month-Is it really necessary?” I believe that I have made my point and I appreciate all of my friends who stand with me. 

See you soon 

=PJM=

A confirmed Cat person, Peter dabbled with being a water boy, a paper boy and an altar boy before finally settling on a career with the Canadian federal government.  Once, in his youth, he ate a Dutch  oven full of mashed potatoes to win a 5 cent bet with his beloved sister Mary’s boyfriend. (Of course he was much younger and a nickel went a lot farther!))

He has retired to palatial “Chez Montreuil”, which he shares with his little buddy CoCo the Fashionable. He is blessed to have the beautiful Betty in his life. He is not only a plastic aircraft modeller, but a proud “rivet counter”. Military aviation and live music are among other interests of his, and he tries to get out to as many shows as he can. He will be here for your enlightenment whenever the stars align. Profile photo courtesy of Pat Blythe, caricature courtesy of Peter Mossman.

2 Responses to “Peter Notes Not All People are Proud of Pride”

  1. Teresa Coulter Says:

    ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

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