Bill and I never felt comfortable doing the most normal thing that married couples often do in public: hold hands. Public expression of our deep love and commitment to each other was not something we felt we could do. Sure, we made our commitment official in front of two hundred people but we knew those people loved us.
During Pride month this year, the Council of the City of Nanaimo, BC approved the installation of two rainbow coloured street crossings in the downtown core. This was phenomenal progress toward acceptance considering the tenuous relationship the LGBTQ community had had with previous Councils.
Unfortunately, sometime overnight yesterday, someone scrawled religious graffiti quoting Leviticus and other biblical passages all over the crossings. The police have taken this matter very seriously and are investigating it as a possible hate crime. The City sprang to action and immediately began to erase the offensive text.
But this incident helps to illustrate why Bill and I felt the way we did.
If anyone who is not gay wonders what it is like to live in this world as an LGBTQ person, please take 20 minutes and watch this Tedx Talk by Panti Bliss on YouTube:
Like Panti, I’m tired of it too.
As I mentioned in a previous post, this is why when I saw two young men holding hands at the Saanich Fair on Sunday, I had to speak to them. I had to tell them that I thought they were awesome and I wished Bill and I had felt as free as they did, to be who we are. With all my heart, I wish they were right when they told me “the world is different”. . .