Gay Pride or Pride in Montreal?

By Jillian Page
LGBT Perspectives editor

MONTREAL — I’m a bit confused. I thought Pride festivities happening in Montreal and other cities included everyone under the rather expansive LGBT umbrella.

But this morning, as I was driving to work and listening to my fave radio station — CHOM-FM (97.7) — morning on-air host Terry DiMonte was interviewing well-known writer Richard Burnett about the festivities in Montreal. Both men repeatedly referred to the celebration as Gay Pride, and the big parade on Sunday as the Gay Pride Parade.

Now, I know both of these guys don’t assume that all transgender people are gay. And the word “bisexual” speaks for itself, right, even if we bisexual people are not taken seriously by ANYBODY. I also know that some lesbians don’t call themselves gay. In fact, the word “gay” is commonly used for men by men.

A Pride parade in Montreal, 2002. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
A Pride parade in Montreal, 2002. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

I know that Gay Pride used to be mainly about gays and lesbians, so it might account for the mindset of the two aforementioned individuals, though you would think in these politically correct times, they would make a point of being inclusive on air. Honestly, I think they simply forgot (I am acquainted with both of them, and they really are good guys.). The problem, of course, is that listeners who don’t know much about LGBT life and all the festivities taking place in the city might now assume all transgender people are gay — and they may assume that bisexual people have no place in the celebrations.

But maybe I’ve got it all wrong. All political correctness aside, maybe Montreal’s Pride celebration — and those around the world — really is mostly about Gay Pride, and the rest of us are included as a politically correct afterthought.

Indeed, as Richard Burnett said near the end of the interview, he hopes everyone in attendance will be “gay” during the Gay Pride Parade, just as celebrants on St. Patrick’s Day are all Irish for the day.

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“Let harmlessness be the keynote of your life.” — Alice Bailey

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