This weekend is Pride Week in Toronto. I live in the heart of the Toronto’s gay village so I’ve been hearing Gaga through my windows as the party starts to get bigger and bigger leading up to the weekend. While I’m not gay myself (it’s not a choice to be straight, I was born this way), I have to say that I’m feeling pretty proud this year. I could say that this is a great time to be gay, but that doesn’t seem right, instead I will say this is a great time to be human. There’s been two major events within the past month that shows just how far we’ve come.
Ireland became the first country to legalize gay marriage through popular vote. Considering that Catholicism is so ingrained in the country’s identity and culture, the majority felt that the result would be a close one. But then the Facebook and Twitter campaigns began, ‘Vote Yes’ started trending the world over, little old ladies were wearing rainbow sweaters and Irish expats flew home in their droves to ensure that Ireland wasn’t going to let it’s out-dated traditions get in the way of what’s right. The vote wasn’t close at all.
Then there was the overwhelming acceptance of Bruce Jenner’s transformation to Caitlyn. She isn’t the first and she won’t be last, but the transition to Caitlyn may have been the most public gender re-assignment. And instead of scrutiny, she was celebrated. She appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair, for fucks sake. Could you imagine that happening ten years ago? While there are a few idiots out there that reacted negatively to all the positive publicity she received, the majority was just that…positive.
I know the fashion industry has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to accepting ‘the gays’ so that’s why this month’s fashion icon is a mix of all those ‘super cool girls who rock tomboy style‘ in many labels including lesbian. Cara Delevingne just graced her first solo Vogue cover, Ruby Rose is unstoppable (not just in the fashion industry), and her fiancé, Phoebe Dahl, maybe the coolest chick I’ve ever seen. Don’t forget about Danish model Freja Beha who is literally everywhere! This outfit, and almost all of my outfits, are inspired by them.
While we are free to celebrate life however we choose to live it, we should remember that the world still has a long way to go. So, have fun this weekend partying in the 6ix as or with the LGTB community. Hopefully, eventually, everyone else will join in. I’ll be there in my men’s pants, holding my boyfriend’s hand and probably playing the ‘drink anytime you see genitals’ game, in proud support of life, as you choose it, for all humans.
EDIT ** After I posted this I discovered the excellent new that the Supreme Court made it gay marriage legal in all 50 states. The world keeps getting better. **
– Dress like a man, act like a woman – KL