Monday, June 29, 2020
As Pride winds down I have a few thoughts. I know there were a lot of online parades but honestly I'm so sick of "online anything" now that I'm going to scream. I saw where one country did a Pride Parade walk. I think that's the way to go, no spectators on the streets, everyone took part, they wore masks, kept their distance and walked in the parade. The numbers in Canada are showing that the Black Lives Matter marches did not contribute to rising cases because people were still for the most being cautious while marching. I wish Ottawa would do a Pride walk.
Sometimes we forgot about the people who hate us, until we are reminded that they are out there. This year seems especially tense, some people are going out of their way to show us their hate. Some of the smaller towns painted rainbow coloured crosswalks. People have been going at night to spin their tires on the crosswalks so as to leave marks and damage the paint. One crosswalk they set something on fire to scar it and Pride flags have been stolen or damaged from town halls.
It surprises me sometimes that there are still people out there that hate us this much. To actually go out at night and do this. I always imagine in my head some guy that never finished high school and doesn't shower, doing this. The other thing that surprises me is when this is mentioned in the media, the comments of people who you think would know better, are very disappointing. Many think this is funny, many put up pictures of a laughing face. When you trace back, a lot of the time it's ordinary people and not some thug.
One of the worst is Facebook, many people want to let you know what they think. Thanks for showing me how narrow minded you are but actually no one asked you. I usually stay off Facebook, actually for years at a time, I made the mistake of reading a few stories.
I'm really glad there is a movement to boycott Facebook by companies. They are telling Facebook to clean up the hate and false information or they are dropping them as advertising. At first typical of Facebook that said "stuff it, we're not doing a thing"! However it's becoming a movement and now Facebook is pooping their pants! Not so cocky when your revenue starts to dry up. Karma is a b... well you know.
Last fall as I was starting to meet more gay people and was even starting a relationship at one point.. this is definitely not how I imagined Pride was going to be in 2020!