Straight – not narrow


One of the most interesting groups to me, represented both with an information table and a contingent in the Pride Parade on Sunday, was Heterosexuals for Same-Sex Equality (HSSE) whose website straightnotnarrow.ca is here.

While I had heard of Gay-Straight Alliances in schools and colleges or universities it was eye-opening to me to see this particular group take such an active part in the festivities. 

I spoke very briefly to a young woman at the information table (there was a young man there too) who explained, as does the web site, that heterosexuals – and not just the voting ones – are, by and large, supportive of the steps toward full equality being made in Canada, most recently regarding marriage, the equal right to which same-sex couples have now enjoyed for a few years. 

My college, back in the late 1970s, did not have so much as a gay mailing list – and it would be many years before the Gay-Straight Alliance was formed – so it was quite amazing to me to see how far we have come.

Oh for a world where everyone might have the self-acceptance, call it “pride” certainly, to live full and healthy lives regardless of – and celebrating even – their sexual orientation.

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  1. The chief trouble lies in the old adage “silence is consent”. When one says nothing, and has views spoken on their behalf, it is reasonable to assume that the representation has been accurate. Too many of us have been counted as supportive of views that we do not share. Not every man, woman and child who fails to become an outspoken member of an advocacy group is aligned against such advocacy.

    I checked out their site.
    Very interesting.
    I think they have really nailed it.
    Silence really is seen as consent for discrimination.
    Never really thought of it like that before.

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