"Our soul must perform two duties. The one is that we must reverently wonder and be surprised. The other is that we must gently let go and let be." Julian of Norwich

...Cancer teaches both!!!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Educate - Liberate - Celebrate

Vancouver Gay Pride 2010!!!

We've enjoyed celebrating Gay Pride since we came to Vancouver 8 years ago.  Having a Gay daughter has only added to the great delight we have each year as Vancouver's GBLT community celebrates.  The organizers have chosen EDUCATE - LIBERATE - CELEBRATE as a three-year theme with each year focused on one of the elements.  This year is LIBERATE.

What really sucked about this year was that I was suffering from post chemo bowel distress and had to listen to the fun from my condo window.  Grrrr.....  Lucky for me Brent and Jerome took 273 pictures with my new camera so I had lots to see!  Thanks guys!

I've narrowed it down to 100 in this slideshow.  Enjoy!

We are reminded, even in Canada, that although we have made significant gains in civil law and human rights there is still a long way to go before our GLBT brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, parents, and friends are fully liberated. Attitudes of intolerance and hatred continue to be held in parts of our community, spilling out into behaviors of violence and exclusion again and again. And there are still many countries where there are no rights and outright persecution.  Alas...   It seems that homophobia is destined to be the last of the sanctioned hatreds.

It was good to see many church and religious groups involved again this year.   I hope this march keeps happening until "Gay marriage" is legal in every country and "love of neighbor" is preached from every pulpit!  Imagine!

Happy Pride!    Rob; in Vancouver

"For a long time I thought I wanted to be a nun.  
Then I realized that what I really wanted to be was a lesbian."  
Mabel Maney


Anonymous said...

Hey Rob! I just discovered this iGoogle thingy that I can follow my favorite blogs without just bookmarking them. I haven't communicated with you in a while. Just letting you know how unbelievably brilliant your blog is - on so many levels, and what a wonderful ministry it is and will continue to be for many years to come. What an awesome legacy!
You may not have heard but I quit my job at Gilmore Park after 9 years cuz....among other things...life is too short! So I really resonated with your timeline thing from Dr. Kuhl. Anyway, I'm home writing for a "living" now and have lots of flexible time. I'd love to come see you and shoot the s***!
You are in my prayers always,
Anna Christie

Patty Smith said...

Just now looking at your blog! Love the pictures, gosh it looked like a blast!