Wonderful editors that lay out the Love/Bitch section. I'm sitting in New Zealand, reading a crinkly, month-old edition of The Coast that was definitely drenched at one point, that my family lovingly sends me from home. I begin to read as I usually do (check the photographer of the cover, and then read from back-to-front—goodies in the back, of course!) I arrive at the Love/Bitch section and do a quick scan: one love and five bitches. Hmm. That's a lot of bitching for a section that includes "love" in the title.
I check the date of the edition: week of January 9. Damn. At a time when Halifax is going through its post-holidaze recovery and many Scotians are actively struggling with depression, the one newspaper that hasn't totally fallen off the rails and still has decent content is really vibing with the shit. Yeah, it's funny. And yeah, it can make people feel better, sometimes. It's great to bitch it out and have others agree and validate it. But in a world where we're desperately needing some guiding light, and some seriously positive influence, do you think we could call back in some love, just a bit? There'd be an outrage if there'd been an interview that covered five hetero cis guys, one woman and no queens. I know there's more love in you, you can do it! — Love Is The Answer
I just wanted to applaud The Coast for this week's issue with the two beautiful humans on the cover. Thanks for including and even—gasp—celebrating people of all shapes and sizes. While we're all trying to be more tolerant and accepting, overweight people are still routinely discriminated against and ridiculed, with little support from anyone and unfortunately this mistreatment is often ignored or seen as justified (as if discriminating against an entire group of people based solely on what they look like can ever be justified) for reasons of "health" or "not wanting to glorify obesity.” I'm sure you're gonna get some hateful, ignorant bullshit in response but I for one am saying thank you for embracing a group of people that is often denied their rights to being treated with dignity, respect, and basic human decency. —Lover