If you follow sports and gay culture you may have heard of David. In November 2011 he made the decision to go public with the most personal information of his life… he’s gay. His family knew, many of his teammates, coaches and opponents knew, but the public did not.That changed last fall and when we asked him why, his answer was like many that we’ve all heard before – the time was right. His family knew, his friends knew, he turned 30 in August and yet he still wasn’t living his life to its fullest. He wasn’t part of the community that he feels he belongs in. He wasn’t being true to himself.
In the Toronto, there are two important events in the queer community, Pride, which is like Gay New Years and Halloween which is like Gay Christmas. Church street shuts down to traffic and the people, both gay and straight take to the streets to celebrate. This year for Halloween I went with two different costumes. On Friday night, I attended the PitBull party at the courthouse in my army gear and on Halloween Monday, I dressed as a lumberjack and took to the streets with my Canon 5D mrkII.
The camera is new to my arsenal, and for the longest time, I told myself that video on an SLR was not a feature that I would really want or use. I was surprisingly mistaken. During the evening on Church Street, I shot 45 video clips and zero photos the whole night. Below is a video edited by my sister Kidkulit and shot by yours truly capturing the vibe on Church Street during
Halloween Gay Christmas.
Another year, another pride and I must say that this was probably one of the better ones that I have experienced in a long time. I got to bump into a lot of familiar and friendly faces, I got to dance up a storm in the 519 Green Space as well as at the Pitbull Pride party (which was amazing) and I did a bit of flirting as well.
It’s all about hanging out with your friends, having a good time and celebrating our diversity.