Montreal Simon: The Orlando Massacre and the Hatred that Kills

I am sure that by now most of you have heard the horrible news. A gunman entered a gay nightclub in Orlando, and opened fire on the innocent.So even though they are a relatively small minority, LGBT people are now the victims of the worst mass murder in American history.And while I'm still so stunned by that act ...

Politics and its Discontents: Gay Pride: A Proviso

Yesterday I wrote about the considerable pride that we should all take in the progress we are making as a society, World Pride in Toronto being a sterling example. However, as Star letter-writer Blair Bigham of Toronto points out in today’s edition, there is still room for improvement: Political stripes aside, Ontario (population 13.5 million) ...

Politics and its Discontents: World Pride: Our Pride

While it is never good to feel smug or self-satisfied (we’ve seen where that takes the right wing), there are things about which we should feel very good. Although I do not live in Toronto, as I was watching the news last night covering the opening of the 10-day World Pride Festival being hosted in ...

Montreal Simon: Sochi and the Hate Games Boycott

Well I see the ghastly old gnomes of the International Olympic Committee want everyone to know it's safe to attend the Winter Games in Sochi. So please don't even think of boycotting them.Because they won't be The Hate Games.Even if you're gay. Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: Contrasting Pictures

This post could perhaps more aptly be entitled A Tale of Two Centuries. The top picture, from yesterday’s Dyke March in Toronto, represents some of the best of the twenty-first century as people increasingy accept and welcome the diversity that is humanity. It is hard not to feel a measure of pride in a country ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Stealth War on Gay Canadians

In just a few hours I'll be following the rainbow, or waving it, at the Toronto Pride parade.Along with about a million gay people and their straight friends and supporters.It's always an awesome spectacle. A chance to celebrate our community, our survival, and in my case at least, send a giant F**K YOU to every bigot ...

Montreal Simon: The Downfall of DOMA and the Triumph of Love

I've been studiously trying to ignore anything that happens in the United States these days.Because it's summer, the place is a mad house, and if I need crazy I've got Harper eh?But I couldn't ignore the screams and the tears of joy of millions of gay Americans and their friends today.Or the sparkly unicorn of ...

Montreal Simon: Kathleen Wynne and the Gay Kids

I haven't written about Kathleen Wynne becoming Ontario's first woman and lesbian Premier, for a couple of reasons.One, I hate writing the words "openly gay." You're either gay or you're not. And two because at this point in the 21st Century I didn't think it should be a big deal.But sadly I was wrong. For ...

Montreal Simon: Me and the Pride Day Parade

OMG. It's the Gay Pride weekend in Toronto and I should be looking forward to the festivities.  But instead I'm lying in my tree hammock in my jockey shorts, cruising for a cool breeze, quaffing gallons of lemonade. And wondering do I REALLY have to go the Pride parade? Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: The Ongoing Failure Of Toronto’s Chief Magistrate

Admittedly, the ideological girth of Toronto’s chief magistrate makes him an easy target. Always outspoken, heedless of who he offends, with the political instincts of a brawler, Rob Ford has made it abundantly clear to most that he is incapable of growing in the job. But in my view, his problems go beyond his obvious ...

Politics and its Discontents: Mayor Rob Ford Won’t Attend Gay Outreach Event

But then again, would anyone really want this clown to attend their function? Recommend this Post