I’ve spent most of my adult life in Toronto. I am proud & privileged to have many gay & lesbian friends & be living in a country that supports gay rights. And it’s so fitting that Pride would be Canada Day weekend this year – because Canada was one of the first countries to legalized gay marriage!
According to Wikipedia, “On July 20, 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world and the first country in the Americas to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide with the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act which provided a gender-neutral marriage definition. Court decisions, starting in 2003, each already legalized same-sex marriage in eight out of ten provinces and one of three territories, whose residents comprised about 90% ofCanada‘s population. Before passage of the Act, more than 3,000 same-sex couples had already married in these areas. Most legal benefits commonly associated with marriage had been extended to cohabiting same-sex couples since 1999.”
And I was also privileged to sing at one of Canada’s first gay marriages – when my handsome best male friend (bmf?!) married the equally gorgeous love of his life. My friend wasn’t comfortable with “Here Comes the Bride” & Peggy Lee’s “Fever” was vetoed by his soon-to-be husband. So I sang Cole Porter’s “I Get a Kick Out of You“.
It was SO perfect for them – because they got such a kick out of each other – and still do. Their relationship is going strong & full of laughter, teasing, passion, & of course, love. So Happy Pride, Happy Canada Day! And to M&J – congrats & belated Happy Anniversary!
So in honour of Pride & the courageous joyous rainbow movement, I’ve put an article together on LGBT cards. Enjoy!