By Adam Slight
This week is Capital Pride Week! This week is celebrated so that everyone in the capital, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, can proudly support sexual diversity in the capital region.
If you've been following the news about the human rights disasters going on in Russia and Uganda right now, then you probably know that it is more important than ever for us to be proactive in our support of GLBTQ rights.
While Toronto Mayor Rob Ford vocally denied that he would get involvement in Toronto's pride celebrations, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi raised a rainbow-colour flag outside Ottawa's City Hall displaying Ottawa's support of the GLBTQ community. As the Russian state begins to aggressively crack down on any visual displays of homosexuality (declaring a simple kiss as an act of propaganda, punishable by a lengthy prison sentence), and Uganda threatens the death sentence for any act of homosexuality, it is more important than ever that we exercise our freedom of expression and display such positive symbols of support.
So I urge you to take a proactive approach this Capital Pride Week. If you consider yourself a supporter of GLBTQ rights, do something to show it — attending the Capital Pride parade this Sunday at 1pm could be a start.