|Gay Pride, Toronto 2008|
Since I wrote that post three months ago, I have gradually come out to many family members, friends and close colleagues. From this personal experience, I am more convinced than ever that there is an incredibly high degree of acceptance of LGBT people throughout Canadian society. I haven't had a single negative response!
The provocative title of this post is just my own opinion, but I'm sure that I am right. As I posted a couple of months ago in Canadian Same-Sex Couples Celebrated 10th Anniversary, Canadian gays and lesbians have had full marriage rights for over 10 years. This means full rights, not just the partial rights of a "civil partnership" which exists in many European countries and a few states. Since one generation is usually thought to be 25 - 30 years long, the USA is already nearly one-half a generation behind Canada. Does anyone think that every LGBT citizen from every American state will achieve full marriage rights in 10 - 20 years? Not likely!!
Canada, in fact, has been a world leader in LGBT acceptance since the 1960s. On Dec. 22, 1967, defending the decriminalization of homosexual behaviour, Pierre Elliott Trudeau famously said:
In the USA, there are states such as Texas which have sodomy laws still on the books, although these laws are generally regarded as being invalid by a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision.
In 1992, Canada was one of the first nations in the world to lift the ban on gays and lesbians serving in the military. Every study on the effect of lifting this ban, including some major US ones, have shown that there have been no negative effects whatsoever resulting from lifting the ban on military gays. Every one of the USA's military allies agree: allowing gays in the military is a non-issue.
Today, in fact, Canadian same-sex military personnel occasionally get married on armed forces bases with the ceremonies officiated by senior officers. The Canadian military now has members participating in Pride parades. The main objective is to raise the Canadian military's profile as a "employer of choice" among all Canadians including those in the LGBT community.
Nearly 20 years later, Obama is still farting around about DADT. As my grandfather used to say, "Take a shit, or get off the pot!!"
I have always been enormously proud of my country based on the treatment of all its citizens. This feeling is reinforced every time I travel to other countries, including the USA, when I observe the conditions under which others live. My "coming-out" has just intensified my feelings of Canadian pride. My Canadian citizenship is one of my proudest possessions!
|Canadian Military at Toronto Pride 2008: look at how much fun they're having! Proud soldiers!|