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.