Montreal Simon: WorldPride 2014 and the Shadow of the Deathly Con Regime

Well it wasn't the yellow brick road, it was just the rainbow crosswalk in Toronto's gay village.But it did lead to an amazing place. A celebration so big that two million people are expected to attend, and at one point 25 city blocks will have to be closed off.And all I could think was, we have come a long ...

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Newspaper clipping from Mom: “A GAY JOCK TAKES OFF THE MASK”

It was on the front page of the Ottawa Citizen’s March 17 “Saturday Observer”  section. The paper sat on a table beside Mom’s comfy chair, where she keeps anything she wants to pass along to me.  She knows that, like Jamie Hubley, whose passing touched me so deeply, hockey stories wouldn’t normally need to be on ...

Montreal Simon: Lady Gaga’s Message to a Canadian School

In a country where bullying is an epidemic, and almost nothing is being done to stop it, isn’t it great to know that at least Lady Gaga cares. Too bad she couldn’t send a message to Jamie Hubley and his school in Ottawa. Before he committed suicide. Because after Jamey Rodemeyer from Buffalo, New York. Who ...

Montreal Simon: Jamie Hubley, the Cons, and the Cycle of Hate

It’s been about a week since Jamie Hubley killed himself. And although for a while I was so sad I could hardly write about this tragedy, now I’m feeling better. Because now I’ve seen how many young Canadians have been moved to action. I have been encouraged by the amount of attention his death has received ...

gay persons of color: Laughable Canadian Conservatives It Gets Better video

The ruling Canadian Conservative government managed to turn the It Gets Better project into a meaningless, insincere folly last Thursday when they released their own version of the campaign in the wake of the suicide of Ottawa teen Jamie Hubley, an openly gay youth who had been bullied. The video starts off relatively well with ...

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Rest in Peace, Jamie Hubley

“I’m tired of life, really. It’s so hard, I’m sorry, I can’t take it anymore.” “I don’t want my parents to think this is their fault, either. I love my mom and dad. It’s just too hard. I don’t want to wait three more years, this hurts too much.” As carefully as he worded his ...

Montreal Simon: The Tragic Death of Jamie Hubley

I know a lot about suicide. Ever since I saw a young straight couple jump in front of a train at the McGill Metro station I have tried to do what I can to prevent it. I have worked as a volunteer in the mental health system in Montreal and Toronto. In the last few days ...