I was looking at the booklet they released for Pride this year. I was disappointed by the complete lack of recognition for the obstacles people face in Ottawa because of their queerness.
Instead it’s a celebration for everyone that already leads comfortable lives. Even within the context of awareness raising, it’s really done in shallow ineffectual manners as to maintain the comfort of the organizers. Flag raising. Movie night. Boat cruise.
Its a bunch of gays left with an annual event that succeeded in achieving many of its original objectives, and instead of expanding them to forge the path to diversity acceptance, decided to turn it into an annual celebration of their past victories of those objectives. With the comfort that came from no longer challenging society, came the space to go for corporate sponsorship.
I’m not against Pride. I think it’s great. But it’s not a movement for accepting diversity. That’s not what you call telling people to accept people who are already accepted. It’s a party.
Also, the queer movement in Ottawa doesn’t exactly get a passing grade either. Seriously, it’s not a healthy space for AMAB people. So in terms of community, I really don’t feel at home anywhere.