Saturday, 4 June 2016

Thanks, But No Thanks (June 3, 2016)

egend has it
At the end
Of the rainbow
We'll find
A pot of gold.

And yet
For many trans-people
The rainbow flag
Is a sign
Of oppression.

As
We're left behind
To scratch
Tooth and nail
For the most part.

By an indifferent
Gay and lesbian community
Who have won
Their legal rights
Already.

This is why
With a clear conscious
I'll have nothing
To do.

With Toronto's
Pride celebrations.

Devolving
Into an excuse
For hedonistic parties
Supporting corporate sponsors.

Forgetting
The true roots
Of Pride's existence:

To protect
Against injustice
And inequality.

Is it
Any wonder
Many trans-people
Have elected
To go stealth.

Instead of
Remaining visible
And fighting
The system.

Therisa © 2016

Author's note: This year marks the 35th year of Toronto, having Pride marches, which started, as a protest march, against the indiscriminate police raids, of gay bath houses. Over the years, it has grown, to include, the lesbian and trans-community, whether or not, the gay community want it.

Glossary of terms 

Stealth: going underground, denying your trans' roots, when you're totally passable, in your preferred gender.

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