Today we went down to the Legislative grounds to take in the Pride Day Parade. Believe it or not my homewtown of Whateverpeg was the first large North American city to elect an openly gay mayor back in '98.
Today was a beautiful sunny afternoon full of colour, music, and the perfect way to kick off Summer. I had my youngest son with me (nurturing an open mind) and we met my oldest daughter on the grounds of the Legislative Building.
We (and about 5000 other folks) listened to a beautiful selection from the choir and heard an inspiring speech about the '69 Stonewall Riots in New York. Forty years ago this month marks the defining moment in the birth of the Gay Rights movement in North America.
I have a few openly gay friends and family members, in my case some cousins and an aunt but for me it's just another part of who they are. We're all complicated mixtures of charm and tedium..I can't believe that in the 21st Century we are still stuck with religious fanatics trying to pigeonhole this as a "personal decision" to commit a diabolical sin? Imagine..in this day & age?
It was quite moving to see all of the supportive parents marching with their kids. There were so many young people walking with pride...our society is far more tolerant and accepting than when I was turning 12 back in 1969.
I learned a new term today. In the parade there were marchers from the aboriginal community known as TWO SPIRIT people, wouldn't it be easier to be referred to as Gaytive North Americans?
but the parade will prolly be just as fun as you can see from these pictures.