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Pro- men’s rights groups not welcome at Toronto’s gay pride parade, of course

30 Jun

Barbara Kay: At Pride Toronto, militant feminist dogma trumped rights:

The blow fell too late for a counter-punch. But that seems to have been the idea behind Pride Toronto’s arbitrary ejection of the Canadian Association of Equality (CAFÉ) from Sunday’s parade just days beforehand, leaving no time for appeal of the decision.

The annual Pride event in Canada’s biggest city is supposed to be a celebration of all things and causes relating to gay culture and, more broadly, to formerly marginalized sexual identities. It’s supposed to be a big tent. But as the treatment of CAFÉ shows us, only those groups with a politically correct agenda are seen as acceptable.

According to its own policy, Pride Toronto doesn’t permit cancellations after June 21 — thereby ensuring that groups have an opportunity to respond to complaints lodged against them. CAFÉ, which has charity status (giving them more legal standing than most of the other participating groups), took part last year without incident and had two months ago successfully registered to walk this year, their name appearing in official Pride literature.

CAFÉ was given no substantive reason for the rejection, just a note from the Pride organizers: “It has come to our attention that the work of your organization may contravene the spirit of the mission, vision, and values of Pride Toronto and WorldPride.” And that was it. Their right to march was withdrawn. At a stroke, CAFÉ was lumped in with pedophilia-promoting groups such as Men Loving Boys Loving Men, the only other type of group I could find to have been spurned by Pride as inconsistent with its mission.

Although CAFÉ’s broad mandate is freedom of speech, much of its activity has focused on raising awareness of men’s issues — including those that affect, say, the right of gay men (and all men) to have equal parenting rights under Canadian law. But feminists regard any such advocacy as a threat to their dogma. And so feminist activism, occasionally aggressive, has attended almost every men’s rights speaker sponsored by CAFÉ on Canadian university campuses. (I was one such speaker two years ago.) It therefore isn’t much of a stretch to infer that CAFÉ was booted from Pride because of the complaints of militant feminists.

For those who follow Pride politics, a certain irony leaps out here. The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association marches (Will S: my hyperlink), even though affiliated with some gay-alliance-unfriendly Catholic schools. More controversially, Pride defends the presence of the anti-Zionist group Queers Against Israel Apartheid, perceived as an outright hate group by many Jews, not to mention by many non-Jews, who can see that QuAIA’s mandate has nothing to do with Pride’s objectives (and in fact makes a mockery of them in focusing negative attention on the only gay-friendly nation in the Middle East).

(Not that I care about Zionism – I myself am more or less neutral about Israel / Palestine, but it is interesting that that group gets to march, despite how ‘controversial’ they are, but a group that stands up for issues affecting all men isn’t allowed to…)

Well, feminist prerogatives outrank interests of individual gays, in the P.C. pecking order, unsurprisingly…

*Update: W.F. Price has some observations on the matter.

I especially like his noting the hypocrisy:

Kay mentions the irony inherent in Pride’s rejection of CAFÉ, but perhaps as a Canadian she isn’t aware of the height of hypocrisy it represents. Gay organizations have been fighting for years to butt into American parades and organizations, such as Boston and New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parades, which are Catholic, family-oriented events. They weren’t fighting merely for the right to participate as marchers, which has never been an issue, but rather as out-and-proud homosexuals. In recent years they’ve enlisted mayors’ support, and a number of mayors have indeed condemned the Irish Americans for choosing not to celebrate homosexuality alongside their ethnic heritage and Catholic faith.

So one would expect the Pride parades themselves to be bastions of tolerance and fairness, right? Wrong! Step out of line just a tiny bit from the official dogma, which includes gender feminism, and you’re not welcome. Remember that “LGBT” starts with L, and most lesbians don’t take kindly to straight men who ask for equal treatment under the law.

LGBT indeed starts with an L; we see that clearly, here.

Well put. 🙂

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17 responses to “Pro- men’s rights groups not welcome at Toronto’s gay pride parade, of course

  1. Eric

    July 1, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Will:
    We’ve been having our own “Hate-a-Hetero Week” going on here too. The local dorks here in Seattle actually planted a ‘Pride Flag’ on top of the Space Needle: sort of like a symbol of conquest, I guess.

    The media’s not reporting any of the violence (i.e. assaults and property damage) going along with these demonstrations, of course.

     
  2. Will S.

    July 1, 2014 at 1:06 am

    @ Eric: Well, at least they chose a masculine, phallic symbol. 😉

    You know, I notice that this year’s Toronto parade got named ‘World Pride’, and I’m wondering if the reason you Seattlers are also having yours right now, is because they’re trying to co-ordinate their parade efforts world-wide (same as everything else in their agenda, for that matter)…

    Interesting; I remember the last time I noted Toronto and Seattle seeming to co-ordinate their efforts

     
  3. oogenhand

    July 1, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Reblogged this on oogenhand and commented:
    Hey, what about intersectionality?!!

     
  4. Will S.

    July 1, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Only for the lesbians, who, as gay women, get to benefit from feminism + homosexual advocacy, whereas gay fathers lose…

     
  5. Eric

    July 1, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Will:
    I was thinking about the symbology yesterday too. The architects who designed the Space Needle were inspired by President Kennedy’s vision of the ‘Conquest of Space’. A decade later American astronauts planted a flag on the moon. Four decades later, our space program’s dead and they’re planting Fag-Pride flags on the Space Needle. And bragging that the latter is a greater step in human history, BTW.

     
  6. Will S.

    July 1, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    That’s the decline, right there, encapsulated perfectly…

     
  7. Eric

    July 1, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Will:
    Here’s an interesting thought about the decline. I’ve studied a lot of history and although civilizations have declined before; it seems to me that the decline of the Anglosphere (the UK, Canada, US, Australia, NZ) is without precedent. First is the sheer speed that it’s happened; less a decline and more like a falling meteor. The second is that there doesn’t seem to be a single identifiable external or internal cause for it. It’s like the whole culture reached a zenith about 40 or 50 years ago and then decided to commit suicide.

    Do you have any thoughts on this?

     
    • Will S.

      July 2, 2014 at 12:40 am

      Hey Eric, I agree completely.

      Several factors no doubt have contributed: the 19th century also giving rise to theological liberalism which first infected the churches we call mainline Protestant around then, and the associated Social Gospel movements and other ‘progressive’ movements (the labour movement, the suffragist movement and other associated female-promoted progressive movements (particularly the temperance movement, the grandmother of all subsequent ‘get rid of it!’ movements, from anti-tobacco to anti-meat to anti-drugs, anti-fur, etc.) the subsequent push for liberalized divorce laws, enacted in the 20th century; and also in the 20th century, increased access to and usage of birth control; the subsequent sexual liberation movement, and the rise of feminism with the increase of women in the workplace after WWII; and of course, the gay rights movement itself, esp. since Stonewall, and particularly from the late ’80s onwards, ironically with the rise of AIDS, but especially with the rise of political correctness in the same period…

      Other things that factor in: increased movements of people in terms of moving for work purposes; the technological explosion from the 1850s to the 1950s in particular, but also continuing since then…

      And tied in with all this, starting with the Protestant decline of course, is the increased secularization of our society, which aggressively took root in particular with the end of WWII, the sexual liberation of the 50s and 60s; the radicalized Boomer Generation that resulted with the postwar prosperity and concomitant baby boom…

      All these things are tied together, difficult to label any one particular factor as entirely causative, triggering a domino effect, though perhaps the main thing indeed in the last century and a half is the rise of female influence in Victorianism, when women in Protestant countries, within Protestant church communities, came to be seen as morally superior to men – Victorian pedestalization was huge – leading to the various female-promoted social movements.

      People have traced the feminization of the church much further back, actually; Leon Podles claims the feminization of the church began particularly in the Middle Ages (it hasn’t just been a Protestant phenomenon, as he was talking about a Catholic societal context, obviously). No doubt ‘chivalry’, in terms of the ‘courtly love’ model, played a role…

      The rot no doubt goes back quite far, and is quite deep…

      In which case, though it may seem to have happened quite suddenly, in terms of the most rapid and radical changes in modern times, no doubt it’s been a long time coming…

      Damn those Cathars! No doubt they also shoulder some of the blame for the rise of various wicked ideas in the intellectual marketplace, as it were, of medieval Europe…

       
  8. Eric

    July 2, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Will:
    Those are good points, and factored they could produce a linear decline; but I might add to that, especially since 1970s, the proliferation of mass-media has acted like an accelerant; turning was once a collection of brushfires into a wildfire. Back then, movements like ‘Stonewall’ were mostly confined to certain districts of New York—but with the mass media (and their obvious control over it) they can project their ideology into every corner of the Anglosphere. And the same is true of liberalism and feminism generally.

    The effect is that communities can’t coalesce to resist the cultural decline anymore. Any group that does can be easily targeted by the media machine and crushed.

     
    • Will S.

      July 2, 2014 at 1:22 am

      Oh, absolutely, mass media, and now social media, have played and continue to play, a huge role in recent times…

      By no means did I think my listing above was exhaustive… 🙂

      Yes; traditional communities are fractured; and individualism reigns supreme…

       
  9. Will S.

    July 2, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    *Update: W.F. Price has some observations on the matter.

    I especially like his noting the hypocrisy:

    Kay mentions the irony inherent in Pride’s rejection of CAFÉ, but perhaps as a Canadian she isn’t aware of the height of hypocrisy it represents. Gay organizations have been fighting for years to butt into American parades and organizations, such as Boston and New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parades, which are Catholic, family-oriented events. They weren’t fighting merely for the right to participate as marchers, which has never been an issue, but rather as out-and-proud homosexuals. In recent years they’ve enlisted mayors’ support, and a number of mayors have indeed condemned the Irish Americans for choosing not to celebrate homosexuality alongside their ethnic heritage and Catholic faith.

    So one would expect the Pride parades themselves to be bastions of tolerance and fairness, right? Wrong! Step out of line just a tiny bit from the official dogma, which includes gender feminism, and you’re not welcome. Remember that “LGBT” starts with L, and most lesbians don’t take kindly to straight men who ask for equal treatment under the law.

    LGBT indeed starts with an L; we see that clearly, here.

    Well put. 🙂

     
  10. Eric

    July 3, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Will:
    Another bit of symbolism I noticed just lately is that “Pride Week’ concludes on July 4th.

    Another snapshot of the decline. In 1776 we had the Minutemen ready to die for the right of representative government; in 2014 we have drag queens fighting for the ‘right’ to enter beauty pageants.

    What a sick world….

     
  11. Will S.

    July 3, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    And our Pride Week up here concludes on June 30, the day before Canada Day.

    They want the celebrations of their perversity to be fudged, chronologically, with celebrations of patriotism; they want the one to run into the other…

    That says something…

     
  12. Will S.

    July 3, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    This cannot be coincidence; it’s as if they want to tie in patriotism with pro-homo sentiment; hence why they have rainbow U.S. flags and rainbow Canadian flags – even rainbow Confederate flags, too, for homo southroners…

     
  13. Eric

    July 4, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Will:
    It’s starting to look less and less coincidental to me too: in fact, tying pro-homo sentiment to patriotism seems to dovetail into their push to tie it into Christianity. Anybody’s who studied much history or sociology can see that the whole ‘gay-rights movement’ is taking on an unmistakably revolutionist character, in spite of all their claims about ‘equality’.

    “They want the celebrations of their perversity to be fudged.”

    Was that another unintentional pun? lol

     
    • Will S.

      July 4, 2014 at 12:51 am

      Ha! Yes it was. 🙂

      Indeed, it’s clearly deliberate; maximize acceptance of their lifestyle by corrupting faith, and patriotism, to try to ostracize the naysayers by suggesting forcefully that if you’re truly patriotic and truly Christian, you’ll support their perversity, because they’d say the faith is all about non-judgmentalism a la liberal mainline Protestantism, and that love of one’s country means love of its diversity, freedom, blah blah blah…

       

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