Michiko and I took a trip in to town to see the Vancouver LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) pride parade this year. It was fun, a bit crowded on the streets but the weather was perfect and we had a nice walk around the city afterwards. No doubt, Vancouver is truly a beautiful place to live.
Here are the pics I got, mostly shooting over my head.
While I myself am straight I do have friends and loved ones who are gay, lesbian and bisexual. Some are out, but some are not. While I think it’s important to show my support for my out friends, it’s those I love who are not out that need support as well. They need to know that there is nothing wrong with being who they are, and they should not be afraid to show their true feelings. Those who truly love them, those who are worthy to have as friends will always support and love them no matter what. Those so called friends who leave are not worth having in the first place.
Even if I did not know one person who was LGBT, (and we all do whether you know it or not) I would still stand proud and support the LGBT community because I do believe all persons should be treated equally, with dignity and respect. This is not a time to be polite and stand quietly aside.
Lets hope by the time my children are my age this parade will be nothing more than a celebration of diversity, and the political necessity that drives it will be a dim memory.
Until then I am proud to be an ally, and strongly support all my friends and loved ones, straight, gay or somewhere in between, and love them for who they are not their sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or the colour of their skin.
OK. I will shut up now. Next post is art, I promise.