The proud Canadian military

Pride soldiersI remember being very impressed last year when I saw a booth from the Canadian Armed Forces on Church Street during Pride celebrations. Where I come from, the military is the last place one would find support for gay rights. This year the Armed Forces took it one step further and allowed its members to march in uniform during the parade. The objective was to show that the Canadian Armed Forces was an equal-opportunities employer, where people can be “proud of who they are” as well as what they do. Good for them.

More info here.

I recommend reading the comments on the CBC website, linked above. A couple rednecks came out of the woodworks to share their disgust and it was interesting to see so many people – gay and straight; many members of the Armed Forces – defend the military’s effort to show their inclusiveness. One reader commented: “Makes me proud to be Canadian – how many other countries in the world are mature enough to accept this, and on top of that have so many people, both homosexual and heterosexual, posting positive reactions to it?”

Author: guerson

Born and raised in Brazil, a Canadian stole my heart and took me to Canada in 1999. After seven years between Montreal and Toronto, we then moved to Barcelona, Spain, where I did research for my PhD thesis. This blog began as a chronicle of our adventures while living in Barcelona and exploring the old world and has acquired a life of its own after we moved back to Canada.

3 thoughts on “The proud Canadian military”

  1. Infelizmente eu tb não pude ir à Parade, mas acabamos assistindo à das mulheres assim que saímos do Kensigton no sábado.
    É incrível como eles levam os filhos a este eventos, né? Acho que acaba sendo uma forma de criar indivíduos sem preconceitos no futuro.
    Bjs

  2. Very interesting your post.

    Especially because the latest news on this matter, here in Brazil, is of a member of the military whom came out as gay publically, first was arrested and later asked to leave the military.

    Once again we see the differences between the two countries and the way they treat its people.

    [ ]s,

    Flávia

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