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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Hard to be Proud

Posted on Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 10:13 AM

I am not a pride fanatic. I actually think it is a tad obnoxious at times, however I do get annoyed with recent statements made in a certain paper in regard to the parade. I agree sometimes people push boundaries however boundaries would never expand had we not the courage to push them... besides, who creates societal norms if not society as a sum of its parts?

I do not agree with the blood services ban on blood from gay men, I believe it only lends to the stereotype that all gay males are aids/HIV carriers. Do they not screen the blood? Is there not a shortage? Is this not 2011?

Secondly, "straight pride" there was a letter to the editor that claimed that as a straight Haligonian that he/she should be entitled to a parade. Hats off to you, should you want a parade, throw one, but also recognize that there is a reason that LGBT groups organize a parade to show their pride in their ability to live a life that was once not permitted. Have your straight day, but realize you have had 2011 years of straight pride as you have never been called a dyke walking in downtown Halifax. No one has ever made your 20 year old girlfriend cry because she thought it was safe to hold your hand in a busy street.

Gay pride is not rubbing in societies face that we are different, we are celebrating that on some levels we are finally being regarded as part of society. —Venting

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