As if to stress the idea that it is more our representatives choosing who we are than we who are choosing our representatives, city council decided last night to fly the rainbow flag at city hall during gay pride week this summer for the first time in nine years. This year's Pride London Festival will also receive $2,500 — which is, coincidentally enough, exactly $2,500 more than The London Fog has ever received in funding from the city since our inception in 2003. Perhaps politicians don't want to represent us equally?
Postscript: Oops, is this a homophobic post? It's so hard to tell these days when so many readers (for lack of a better word) parse blog posts for whiffs of generic thought crime rather than for their sense or meaning. For the record, I have no objection to these silly pride displays except on purely aesthetic grounds. Yes, I'm alluding to their trousers, of course, but even more to the wilful disassembling of the communication between words and their meanings. What pride in one's merits or accomplishments is there for what is only a congenital disposition if, as we are to have it, people are born as homosexuals? If that the case, then "license" is perhaps a more accurate word to use than "pride." But if it is the other way around, and people are celebrating their choices or actions, then language has finally obliterated the meaning of discrimination by scrubbing out the distinctions between what people are and what people do. Well, let's just have it both ways then, I suppose.
Ah, pardon me, that too was probably all very homophobic in some public awareness campaign universe. But to return to the post itself: what is it exactly that our city council is celebrating?
Update, July 20: Now we are all represented…
Although only a handful of pride members and community supporters stood in front of city hall, D’Aguilar said it was still a good representation of the community.