Any idiot on the street can have pride — the difference between genuine and vicarious accomplishment being entirely subjective, apparently — but only certain self-designated classes can have Pride:
The sign on the front desk reads "Queeries." The office has a giant window in the shape of a Q. Green walls and purple carpets greet students.
The Pride Library at the University of Western Ontario has come out of the closet, with 200 people celebrating its opening yesterday on the main floor of Weldon Library after 10 years of being shuffled from place to place.
"Valentine's Day at Western is never going to be the same again. It's got to be the queerest Valentine's Day we've had," joked James Miller, the library's co-ordinator and founder.
"This facility is unique in North America. At Western, we embrace diversity as a defining principle" [said UWO president Paul Davenport].
"You have something we don't have in Toronto. I am extremely jealous," said Mathieu Chantelois, host of PrideVision TV's Read Out! and a regular on CBC's The Hour.
Pride seems to mean a lot of things these days — it means the suggestion of cultural fiat, it means substituting meaningless buzzwords for principles, it means coquettish emotional demonstrations, it means banal absurdly inscrutable metaphors. It's too bad that one thing Pride clearly doesn't mean is dignity.
The library entrance also features a stained glass work by London artist Lynette Richards.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Posted by MapMaster on Wednesday, February 15, 2006