Here in Seattle, the LGBTQ crowd is strong and proud. Our gay pride parade is one of the city’s biggest events, having grown from a smallish protest march on–where else?–Capitol Hill.
My first inclination was to use a video about the Oreo Gay Pride Facebook image (right). I was surprised and impressed by the chutzpah that Kraft showed to have posted such a strong, polarizing statement, as was the guy who made the video. Problem is, that video moves on to several other topics, and runs 9+ minutes. So I decided to look elsewhere.
And I landed on this gem. Did you know that Pride started in Toronto? I didn’t. Of course, being raised in the midwest in the 1970s, gay rights wasn’t really on the social studies docket–go figure.
These gentlemen are so endearing, and the pictures of them when they were younger are so filled with love and passion (both for their cause and for each other). I am humbled by the strength of character these men and their compatriots showed, in the face of public censure and often much, much worse.
So to Hugh and Gerald, and all the other LGBTQ people and their supportive friends and families who fought (and still fight) for kindness and love, I say “thank you.”