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No more tolerance…

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Today Montréal Pride parade took place for the 36th time in 40 years.

I am proud of the general openness we have, here, in Québec. I get why people from all around the globe travel to take part of the events of Montréal Pride.

My little brother is gay. So is my uncle, and many of my friends. A dear blogger friend of mine is a transgender lady, and another is a man quite openly not interested in sexuality in general. You know what? I don’t care.

I don’t. At all…

I do care about how some other people might treat them because of their so-called difference. But about how they feel, think or deal with their sexuality, I don’t care.

Which brings me to the title of this post.

On days like today, Society claims that we have become very accepting and tolerant. My teeth grind when I hear that word; Tolerance.

Tolerance is the fact of putting up with something we’d rather not deal with. I don’t believe any religion teaches that their God said to ”tolerate one another”. As long as people will hide behind tolerance, there will be no place for equality.

I don’t want to seem negative. As a matter of fact, I think that we have come a long way from the time when homosexuality was considered a crime, here in Canada, fifty years ago.

I guess I just hope that someday, we won’t need the Pride Festival anymore. And with a little luck, I’ll get to see that day.

 

21 thoughts on “No more tolerance…

    1. Some countries would already improve if they were ”just” tolerant, but they have to start somewhere, right? And for countries like yours and mine, we have to take a step forward and just recognize that people are people, and that men and women are not defined by any sexual preference or identity. 🙂 One day…. One day…. 🙂

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  1. One of my dearest friends is gay, and I love him like a brother. He just attended the Parade held NYC the beginning of last month. I wish I could have gone with him, but my back and knees would allow it.
    I agree with you wholeheartedly, We have come a long way, but I still believe in the Pride Festival as a celebration and reminder of how many fought for their place in such a wacked out society.

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    1. It is unfortunately still necessary… I learnt that the Pride Montreal website still received thousands of heinous comments, recently. I am not really surprised, but that saddens me… If I live in one of the most open countries, and we still have all this hate, where is the world going?

      But I am hopefull… 🙂

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      1. I am hopeful too. My friend, JT, the one I mentioned earlier is 6’10, fairly skinny, and wears nothing but gay pride shirts all over the place.
        I admire him. He is a strong individual who advocates for gay rights. He’s just a big ole’ mush. Like I said, he’s like a younger brother to me. ❤️ 🧡 💛 💚 💙 💜☮️🙏

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  2. Pride Cymru here next week. I’m not a parades person, but I take part faithfully, will be thinking of you, and I totally concur with that sentiment. I dread to think what Brexit might mean for the (also trans, and French) hubby and me. Already, even meagre tolerance seems like too much to hope from many of my fellow-Brits. 😦

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    1. This judgement is so ridiculous…. I feel for people like you, your hubby, my brother and so many friends who have to walk the very fine line between celebrating who you are, and what people can accept as ”normal”. Please keep being your Fabulous self, Gorgeous! And you and your hubby can always move to Montréal if things get too difficult in UK 😉 xx

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  3. I march in the Pride Parade of whatever city or town I am living in every single year. I don’t “tolerate” anyone who is Gay. I love them for the wonderful humans that they are. hell, it’s none of my business what a person does or who they love. They are just like me…humans with faults, humans with fears…humans that LOVE.

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    1. I LOVE you comment, Suze, and I agree…. We’re all the same, with our qualities and our failings. Sexuality is something so personal, it shouldn’t be a reason to judge or be judged. A good person is a good person, and a bad person is a bad person. It has no link with what they think, feel about or how they deal with sexual issues. Luv ya!! xx

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  4. Since my first career was in the performing arts I have many friends who are gay. There has been much progress over the years.One of my best friends was able to get married legally to his partner. That could not have happened when I first met him. So I also hope there will be a day when there is no more need for Pride. I think you will live to see that and I hope I do too.

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    1. I really hope so, Anne 🙂 We’ve come a long way, but there is still work to do. I am glad to see (slightly) older generations completely comfortable with ”difference”. That’s really comforting to see. There is hope, and I am a dreamer! One day, Pride festivals won’t be needed anymore 🙂

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    1. Thank you Chery 🙂 I know you are a very loving person, and I am sure you like people regardless their sexual preferences! That’s the fist step to world equality 🙂 xx

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  5. You make a good point, indeed. Tolerance is certainly not the position to be taking, although we might sometimes need to apply it to those openly expressing intolerance (a ‘forgive them Lord, for they know not what they do’ sort of approach). I’m not sure that total indifference sounds quite right either, but honestly …. why be anything else?

    I have strong feelings about anyone being persecuted about being perceived as ‘different’. I’ve tried (mostly unsuccessfully) to be different all my life – so I think it is something to be celebrated – hence a parade and lots of smiles and laughter. I hope everyone had a great time.

    But if ‘tolerance’ is not the word and ‘indifference’ doesn’t sound quite right then I am voting for ‘fearlessness’. We need to look at all the differences in the world and approach them with fearlessness. It’s not always easy. For fear is one of our strongest emotions and one of least logical.

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