By Dianne Skoll
LGBT Perspectives columnist
OTTAWA — There’s a relatively new organization called LGBTory.ca that purports to be a group for Conservative LGB people. It’s rather vague about including transgender people.
Recently, a petition to ban LGBTory from participating in Ottawa Capital Pride went up.
I think we need to tread very, very carefully. While it’s undeniable that the Conservative party is obstructionist when it comes to extending LGBT civil rights, I’m not sure we should go about banning groups from Pride parades simply based on their political affiliations.
While it could be that LGBTory.ca is nothing more than a slightly desperate attempt by the Conservative party to gain LGBT support (and in fact there are indications that some Conservative party resources have been made available to LGBTory.ca), I think our approach should be cautious. LGBTory.ca should, in my opinion, be given the benefit of the doubt and treated as a group genuinely interested in distancing the Conservative party from the more rabid socially conservative elements.
What do you think? Should Pride give LGBTory.ca the benefit of the doubt?
“Let harmlessness be the keynote of your life.” — Alice Bailey