Sunday, April 08, 2007

Let's choose not to be pitied

Cross-posted to BlogThis

Okay, take a look at the image for yourself. This is the photo that Fondation Emergence has chosen to illustrate this year's National Day Against Homophobia on May 17th. In my latest column for Capital Xtra, I argue that this kind of imagery elicits pity rather than celebration, and treats the queer community like we're something that should be tolerated, rather than celebrated. It also denies the reality of most queer and trans people's experiences, in an attempt to gain mainstream acceptance. It takes the sex out of homosexuality, and it harkens back to the days when gayness was considered to be a medical condition that could be cured.

What do you think?


Anonymous said...

I think you are totally right. This kind of pandering only re-enforces the idea that people don't want to be gay, they're just born that way. But every August we see tens of thousands of people who don't want, need or ask for pity. I feel the people in that parade represent what we truly want; Pride.

a PurpleStocking experience said...

I don't think it's intended to ilicit pity, and I certainly don't feel pity - is being gay something to be pitied??
Nor do I really agree with it, because I feel like that picture leaves out those people who choose to be the way they are versus think of themselves as victims of their genetic makeup.
That picture is, I think, aimed at people from the dark ages who think it's 'wrong' to be that way, and I still don't see how being born gay would change that ideology.
Bad picture - I agree!