Voltaire does it again

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Posted by Andy Bell

And no, this is not a blogpost about some midfield player at Euro 2012.

It’s one inspired by a little radio show and a large French brain situated between the ears of this dude.

François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire  ( 21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778) wrote and said some pretty damn fine stuff.

But  “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” isn’t one of his despite many people thinking that it is.

(These were not his words, but rather those of a biographer of Voltaire, Evelyn Beatrice Hall)

However this is from Voltaire and I like it.

“We are rarely proud when we are alone.”

On Saturday night  Hikaru Freeman & myself talked a bit about International GLBTI Pride Month.

We both wondered out loud why there was, as far as we could glean,  no celebration in Melbourne.

A number of our lovely listeners reminded us that Yarrasiders do pride during Midsumma in February.

Fair enough, but why – we wondered again – can’t we have the penny and the bun ?

Summer celebration AND Pride Month Celebration.

Nothing lost and we stand shoulder to shoulder with our sisters & brothers around the world. 

At the risk of getting hackles in an uproar can I just gently point out that Sydney is managing something (http://www.grunt.com.au/sydneypride/)

2012 looks like being a bit of a lost opportunity, but any ideas about 2013 ?

This is not to undermine Midsumma Pride, but to maintain the rage.

Pride shouldn’t hibernate !!

I reckon something substantial at Fed Square would be good.

And what about a couple of pink trams for good measure ?


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