Saturday, November 6, 2010

I got gay-bashed...

Started volunteering at "Lawyers Feeding the Hungry". We give a free meal to 500 hungry people coming from all sorts of places. In, eat, out, next. It's kind of cool, gives people a chance to sit and eat a good meal with dessert, soup, free coffee, tea, etc. I'm excited to work on my project- I'm going to include a list of places to get free meals in Toronto every single day of the week, at least one meal a day.

Some guy getting a meal called me "douchebag" the other day. I was impressed with myself when it didn't phase me. He needed an outlet for his inner struggle. If it happened to be me, and I won't take it hard, so be it.

Sort of reminds me of when I got gay-bashed last year by a crazy woman. She came up and slapped me and my partner in the face in the middle of a public park, at ten in the morning on a Sunday. She told us that we were the reason that women get beaten. Sigh. I was just glad it was me and not someone who it could've seriously hurt emotionally, as well as physically. To be honest, it was a kind of enlightening experience and I'm glad it happened. I'm also glad it only happened once and that I live in a country where holding hands with my lover, whatever our genders, is not illegal.

I can only do what I do because I have amazing support. Hopefully I can help provide this same support to others.

I don't mean to sound preachy... I like doing good things, it makes me feel good. This is a positive feedback loop, why do some people get so worked up over it?

Alas.

2 comments:

  1. Some people are obsessed with what they perceive to be purity of intention, not just purity of action. Additionally, people- even smart people- can be susceptible to creating power [im]balances. While some consideration to intention is necessary, the CPR axiom "adequate care given is better than perfect care withheld" rings soundly within such instances, I feel.

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  2. Kewl story, bro! waiting for updates from you

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