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  • Blair
    July 20, 2010 - 13:03

    We would give you your own month stinky , unfortunately, you don't meet your own normal criteria.

  • Jennifer
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    This is a really good article that gives a nice overview of the PRIDE event and most of the issues.

    Don't forget that one of the most controversial issues in the news lately was the Department of Justice's refusal to add gender identity into the newly-amended Human Rights Act. This topic will definitely be highlighted at the seminar as well as the flag raising.

    And by the way, as nice as this article is, it really doesn't belong in the 'lifestyle' section of the paper. Nobody choses to be LGBTQ as a lifestyle. We are born the way we are born. We are human beings just like anyone else. We aren't just about sexual orientation and gender identity. We all eat, sleep, and go to the bathroom just like everyone else. We are all part of the community. We all go or went to school; we all try to find good jobs. We all strive for strong physical and mental health. Some of us love music, some of us love sports. Some of us run businesses, some of us work for the government.

    As unique as I may be in the eyes of many, I consider myself a regular St. John's native that enjoys the very same things about this city that so many others do. I feed the ducks at Kent's Pond on a regular basis; I will be running the Tely 10; I swim at the Aquarena; I will be at the Teddy Bear's Picnic as a volunteer; I attend concerts at Mile One Centre; I shop at the Avalon Mall.

    The only 'lifestyle choice' happening here is that the bulk of society continues to express hatred, discrimination and phobia towards LGBTQ people, including our Government by way of their refusal to update policies, procedures and legislations to conform with global best-practices. what separates me as a transperson is that I can't seem to get what I need out of our Health Care system and our Human Rights system, and I face discrimination and exclusion from society without just-cause.

    Anyway, PRIDE is for everyone, as this article says. For everyone out there who may feel afraid of the unknown. Please come out to these PRIDE events and mingle with members of the LGBTQ community. You will find out that most of us are kind human beings who love life and love our city.

    Jennifer

  • amazed
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    I support the gay community, I would hope they could interact anywhere amongst anyone with no problems, I fully support same sex marriage and it being called a marriage. Behind you guys and girls 100%.
    However, I have a question about one aspect of a Pride event and I guess only a homosexual individual could answer this.
    I have seen pictures an articles about Pride parades, and I cannot fathom why anyone of any sexual orientation would walk down a street naked with various sexual toys, etc attached to them or walking naked with bondage gear on. What message is trying to be sent? People are aware homosexual people have sex with the same sex, but the explicit exhibition in these Pride parades only says you like to do things with sex toys, and this can apply to hetero and homosexuals. Whatever happens behind closed doors between two consenting adults is fine, but I see no rationale for displaying it in public, especially in a way that normally would get a person of any stripe arrested.
    Gay pride is great. Proud of the d!ldo, I don't get. Please enlighten me.
    I hope I asked my question as respectfully as possible, because I am a supporter of the gay community, I just don't understand some things.

  • amazed
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Thanks for the reply Jennifer. I'm not anymore enlightened but appreciate the reply. :)
    I was referring to pics I see at the Toronto Pride parade. I saw some things that looked bizarre and outright painful, boggles my mind what they want to get across.
    I hope you enjoy the Pride activities. :)

  • stinky
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    ok blair then don't include me (or you)but don't deny those who aren't some specialty group from having their own parade. actually i'm tired of all these specialty groups wanting special recognition, i'd rather everyone give up these look-at-us parades, sit down, shut up, and get on with life without feeling the need to stand out and scream for attention because most of us really don't care, ask your friends if you have any, unless of course you are one of those fanatics, in which case there is no reasoning because you have an agenda

  • iwondertoo
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    I agree with Amazed and would like to be enlightened about this rather absurd behaviour by any group of people! I also have another question: why would anyone refer to themselves or others by using the word que-rs ?

    p.s. this webpage won't even let me spell out the word - says it's a bad word.

  • stinky
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    we have an entire month of black history month as well as other specialty group celebrations. can we have a normal, naturaly born, straight white person month and add balance before this minority demographic is forgoten in canada?

  • Blackadder
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Surely small-minded, bigoted, ignorant, buzzkills consitute some sort of speical interest group, stinky.

    Happy Pride, all!

  • Pamela
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Really looking forward to sharing Pride 2010, with friends, family and supporters.. Bringing community together

  • Jennifer
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    I speculate that the naked/bondage people make up a rather small portion of PRIDE parade attendees. They just tend to capture most of the attention.

    I too am puzzled as to what it is that they are trying to accomplish. You definitely won't see me dressing up like that! In fact, i don't recall seeing anyone dressed like that at recent St. John's pride parades.

    As far as the Q word, it is starting to make a 'comeback' as being a politically correct definition that covers the umbrella of folks who identify as being part of this demographic, yet may not necessarily identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.