MISS RAQUEL :: Super Straight, Thanks For Asking


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.

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  1. I often wonder if being straight and supporting a community different from the “norm” (according to conservative thought) was acceptable.
    Being raised in a conservative generation has taught me to be prim and proper (and trying with my entire being to change that), now, on the other side of the Rockies, I am more free to express myself. I support the community, live in the community, and love the community, because it’s non threatening, non evasive, and safe.
    I’ve gained more knowledge, understanding, and love for friends in this community more than I have in my hometown, where the conservative attitude is rampant!
    From experiences of life, being judged for who you are, what you wear, or how many imperfections you had destroyed a person’s soul. I find the complete opposite here.
    It awakens a person’s heart to see a straight person fly a pride flag outside their window…that’s an ally. and THAT is my Pride…Pride in the human spirit.


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