STRAIGHT NOT NARROW :: Superqueer is the theme this year for Toronto Pride, though if you ask me there are a lot of people who are LGBTTIQQ2SA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer/Questioning, 2 Spirited, Allies) all across Canada who are super.
I’m straight, and I think I’m pretty super as well. I am attracted to men (although some days I wonder why I prefer men because of all the bull – but then again no matter the gender, bull is bull, just different body parts).
I recently found out many have assumed that just because I’m involved with Pride and the gay community so very much that I must be bisexual.
Hmmmm… interesting how many automatically typecast. I never gave mind to what others thought my sexual preference was. I just assumed it didn’t matter, or that everyone knew I was straight. Interesting that five years later I find out many have thought I was bisexual.
I don’t mind the typecast and I can see why some would think this. I am always at events that target gays more than straights. I have never showed up with a boyfriend because the ones I’ve had, have had no interest. I’ve always gone out with my girls, or on my own.
For me, as a straight woman, Pride is a time to be the vibrant true person I am. It allows me to unleash the side of me that likes to be flamboyant, sparkly, and extreme – and be accepted for it.
To be super is to feel comfortable in your own skin. Superman had to change who he was every day; if you ask me there’s nothing super about this because he’s not being the “Superman” he can be.
As I celebrate Pride in my city, I will embrace my super self for being straight and being involved in a community which accepts me for the distinctive person I am. Or as my bff Erin would say, “Her bright shiny pink star”.
Happy Pride to you, however you identify, wherever you are.