Toronto Pride 2011
This past weekend Cody and I attended Toronto Pride 2011 with 2 friends.
To us pride is a time to celebrate everyone’s individuality and sameness, to appreciate how lucky we are to live in a country that allows us freedom to be ourselves and to love who we love with no repercussions.
It is also a time to reflect on the people who are not so lucky in other places around the world who have to hide a big part of who they are so they are not put in jail, shot, or hung. It is so sad that our race is not evolving quickly enough to save the lives of people who simply want to love who they love.
We are human beings, and we all deserve the right to live our lives our way, and to love our way.
There were several groups in the march, but one that particularly touched us was the Iranian contingent. In Iran (and many other countries) the LGBT community lives in fear for their lives, they meet secretly, and are always looking over their shoulders. Over 400 homosexuals have been executed in Iran, systematic harassment and routine torture are quite common as well.
About 35 Iranian gay asylum seekers marched in the Toronto parade, it was quite wonderful to see and feel their freedom.
There was an elderly lady being pushed by her grandson holding a sign that read “I love my gay grandson”, it brought tears to my eyes.
It always makes me wonder why people choose hate, fear, and ignorance, over love, acceptance, and an open mind.
To me hate, fear, and ignorance really feels unnatural to me, it feels unsettling and uncomfortable.
Love, peace, and just letting people be feels much better inside. Maybe people are just not in touch with what’s within? Maybe I will never know? Maybe I’m not asking the right questions? But what I do know is love really is the answer.
This years parade was full of joy, love, creativity, and colour, lots of colour!! Everyone was free to be themselves; Male, Female, Black, White, Asian, Gay, Straight, Lesbian, Bi, Transgender, Transvestite, Asexual, Christian, Muslim, Gamers, Bankers, Nudists, and Politicians.
It was a fantastic day to spend with friends, family, and strangers. Pride always feels like a safe, non-threatening place to be, and we Love it!!
Thanks to the great city of Toronto and Toronto Pride for another successful Pride!!
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
“You are a human being. You have the rights inherent in that reality. You have dignity and worth that exist prior to law.”
~Lyn Beth Neylon~
“Take away love, and our earth is a tomb” ~Robert Browning~