I was born in 1968.
Canada in 1985 had the Charter of Rights, putting gender equality above the other rights to various freedoms and choices.
I came out in the early 1990s and lost all my civil rights.
I was fired from 2 private sector small business when the bosses found out.
I was denied housing. There was no recourse.
Then, Brian Mossop, a federal government employee won in the first Canada case on queer rights. We were entitled to the same coverage as employees, where once we were witch hunted out.
in 1995, the right to serve in the military and in English Canada, common law marriage in 1999.
Full across Canada married equality in 2003/2004, ordered by the courts and legislated by the Feds.
Marriage, family and kinship. Community and business.
A demographic of people, among and across other types of demographics.
In the 1990s, us LGBTQ activists – although then we were The Gays and Lesbian Community, bisexuals were tourists and drag/trans on the side… the inside, not for public show other than protest parades that were becoming Pride Parades and city events
Gays and Lesbians and their Hetero Families and PFLAG Supporters – and everyone was pretty much white, because that’s what decadent white people do, perpetual rebelling just to be cool and different.
Trying to tell the public, they are pyschos talking in code.
I began working in the federal government of Canada in 1998.
now, post/911, they do not even bother to pretend not to be.
another generation of people, new sexualities and new identies
the republican want to turn back the rights clock to the 1950s, even as they are bedfellows with Russia and there’s no Elvis in sight.
but the wall and potty police
aren’t those more important?