It was the Mare's Post that actually reminded me that I was going to do an after-thought here on my blog in regards to the Same Sex Couples? thread that I posted in recently on the Officials.
I can honestly say I am damned proud to be a Canadian. And more proud to have parents that have always taught me to respect the choices of others, as long as those choices doesn't hurt anyone.
It is unrealistic to expect huge corporations, especially one that deals with a game or social media, to actively promote something that most people, to this day, still feel uncomfortable about.
I think the biggest break through I have ever seen that was an in your face, ground breaker that shook things up was: Queer as Folk, the American/Canadian version. There is a British Version as well, and I tried to get into watching it, but I found the whole thing to be "Meh!" The American/Canadian version (American production but filmed in the hub of Canadian Gay Society: Toronto, Ontario.)
To me, QAF BROKE through the lines and as I was a university student at the time, it was a well watched show and it was something that we could admire and feel for the characters. A friend of mine in Uni told me she was a lesbian and was telling people one at a time. She was SCARED to tell us and SCARED that we would turn our backs on her. It was touching and emotional and it SHOULDN'T be that HARD. People shouldn't feel afraid to express themselves because they are different. FFS, WE ALL ARE!
Now, I have a cousin, and I was only told about this recently mind you. One of my great Uncles has a son (I had NO idea until mom told me.) And apparently he's Gay and has a partner. The thing is, the reason why I never met him, is because he has been ostracized by the family, by his own father. And that is sad. I have a cousin I never met, because my mom's fucking family don't associate with him. My mom is very liberal, her mother is a real piece of work sometimes. She was a true tyrannical Matriarch. As long as you toed the line HER way, it was all peaches. The moment you stepped off HER path, she became a right ol' bitch. And I LOVE my Grandmother, but I don't agree with how she treats people, how she treats family.
Canada is one of only a few nations that are more forward thinking and more liberal (more open-minded). And though we don't live in a perfect society here in Canada where thing don't go haywire, I say again I am proud to be a Canadian.
Just take a look at this as quoted from wikipedia:
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in Canada are the most advanced in the Americas. LGBT Canadians have most of the same legal rights as non-LGBT citizens, and are extended more legal rights than many other nations where homosexuality is legal. Since 2005, Canada has offered civil marriage rights nationwide to same-sex couples. Canada was the third nation in the world where same-sex marriages were legally performed (commencing in 2003 in the province of Ontario), the fourth nation in the world to perform same-sex marriages nationwide, the first nation in the Americas to perform such marriages nationwide, and performed the first ever legally recognized same-sex marriage in the world (performed January 14th 2001 and legally upheld June 10th 2003 in court).
So despite the drama queens, attention whores, and the "Not Good enough EA, you should do more!" I applaud your efforts EA in being as forward thinking as you can be in a society that took several steps back with Proposition 8.
And this After-thought has become more of a novel, so I shall stop there before I go off on another rant over Prop 8. (Disgusting!)
My Name is LE or LE Style. I have a tendency to go off on tangents from time to time. Such is the MADNESS of my Mind.