I wasn’t invited to the Orlando tribute here in Cornwall on Friday. Nor was CFN sent a release or invite which is odd as we’re the only newspaper in this community that has not only truly been Gay positive, but actually has sponsored (that’s given actual free advertising for Corus radio types viewing) to multiple LGBT events over the years, not too mention having the largest audience in the Cornwall media.
I’ve seen Pride group after group come into existence and fold in this city. The Gay community in Cornwall is combative within itself, frequently leading to vacuums, but every once in awhile people stop the traditional infighting to put something on. Several prominent people in the gay community actually shy away from the Pride groups locally because of the infighting that usually follows.
Having a closeted City Councilor lead an event like this strikes this writer as about the most hypocritical thing one could do at an event such as this one. Frankly Bernadette Clement should have had her long time partner right up there on stage with her. Kathleen Wynne certainly would. Only “Bernie” can answer why she didn’t and why she won’t even discuss the issue or simply come out of her closet as this is after all, 2016. If she can participate in her henfests at Nav Can why the public deception? (omission is lying after all)
It was a regular NDP Elaine MacDonald fest as well including dragging back former NDP candidate Lori Taylor back to speak. Reading media reports it was the same old same old. Elaine brought out Fred Cappuchino as well as Paul Aubin.
Oddly enough gay journalist Bill Kingston of Cornwall Newswatch didn’t report on the event. Perhaps he was busy scoping out Second Street for child vendors of worms or lemonade?
What happened in Orlando was tragic. Events such as this should be an opportunity to bring a community together, but as long as people like Elaine MacDonald and Bernadette Clement have anything to do with them here in Cornwall it will never happen.
There’s also a certain hypocrisy in that Clement and MacDonald certainly never raised their voices over gun issues involving other massacres in the US. Straight lives matter too. People should be against gun violence and want to see change as these shootings unto themselves have created an industry unto themselves (which is grist for another tale)
There are actual gay people who really aren’t that positive. There’s a certain irony that members of any group seeking acceptance, tolerance, and equality don’t practice what they preach, but this is after all, Cornwall Ontario.
Equality can mean being equally bad to being equally good.
What do you think dear CFN viewers? Did you attend the event? You can post your comments below.