Wendy Walters 
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Re: “The struggle of a Muslim woman of colour in Halifax

I'm reading this with tears running down my face. I am sorry for the way you have been treated. And, I am sorry that this rhetoric has seemed to increase and be more loud as of late. I wish there was something I could do as a cis white female to share some of my privilege. I try not to ask ignorant questions and volunteer with ISANS (which doesn't apply to you at all, obviously). I allow my students to miss class without penalty for Eid or other religious observances. And, when I pass people with religious head coverings I try to makes sure I smile my biggest and most welcoming smile to counter the ignorance they will undoubtedly encounter. Is there anything else I can do?

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Posted by Wendy Walters on 09/01/2016 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Long Lake park upgrades met with criticism

I live in this area and access the park very often. I am concerned and resigned about the changes and try to view them with hope and optimism as there is little choice or effect by digging in and resisting. I do believe that there are benefits and I do believe that there are many drawbacks. I am sad about the motivations behind the park expansion--it was the developers behind this, not the city. It will help them sell building lots and use their excess fill. I'm critical of how we require capitalist motivations to see progress. I hope that these trails in their excess width will grow back in and block some of the loud highway noise that wasn't there before. I hope the increased light will drive out the illegal campers and threatening vagrants that drop garbage, cans, bottles, bags of clothing, and even rusted out cars and spray paint stupid graffiti on the rocks where we swam after work and sought solace. I hope it will reduce the illegal campsites. I hope more people will enjoy our little secret haven without allowing their dog shit to sit and become run off that increases fecal coliform bacteria in the lake. I hope each person will use it responsibly and help tidy as we go. I hope the mountain bikers who have been maintaining trails out back of Witherod Lake will still have room to bike. I hope there are many trash cans and some sort of collection schedule. I hope that ATVs in the park will be prosecuted and blocked from access--they have been sticking to the Old Sambro Road to Prospect section of the park up until now anyway. There is such little faith in the positive because we haven't been shown much in the way of goodwill in this area. But, if all of these things happen well -- including us taking personal responsibility for the increase in traffic and garbage to our beloved space, I think it could be good that other people get to share in the beauty that has been enjoyed by many of us for years.

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Posted by Wendy Walters on 04/11/2016 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Pride, I love you but you’re bringing me down

Waste of a platform. I wish the Coast would have skipped this whiny little rant. There has to be some better reflection on Gay Pride out there than this ... and if it has to be negative, at least from some place a bit more reflective and critical than "oh poor me, all my friends are shallow and no one likes me or wants to have exhausting long coffee talk and take longs walk on the beach with me...I'm a bitter old queen..." I'd say you are bitter, but rather not that old and I'd hardly say a queen.

To reflect on pride at that level seems to take so much away from the festival's progression. A progression easily forgotten for someone who came out in 2009...long after the times where the pride parade was protested, fought, and ridiculed. When people were fighting to be themselves yet had to wear a bag over their head for fear of retribution for participating. When young men of an entire generation were dropping from HIV related illness and no one fucking cared enough to do anything about it until a movement bursted from within the gay community and demanded attention.

The fact that pride has become a huge party (one of the biggest festivals in the biggest city in Nova Scotia) should be more of a reason to celebrate. To have corporate sponsorship can be annoying (it's all about the gay dollar) but it is a fact and a necessity in any large festival. And, it sends a message--you are valuable and you are a part of our society (mainstream). Pride is not just a party and a parade where you can break out your assless chaps and play with water guns on the back of a mack truck. There is more to it--much more important activities that continue the activism and allow us not to forget the deep history that got us here today. It is a movement. And, I suppose anyone can mark pride in their own way-- even leaving town if you can't feel that you have some contribution to make. But, I hardly think that's what you are doing. Sounds more like you lament the pressure of trying to get laid at "gay Christmas" so you're taking your toys and throwing them out of the pram, so to speak.

If you can't do anything but bemoan your bitter old queen status (even though you are only 6 years out yourself), save the ink for someone who can make a difference with their words. Someone who might have something positive to say to a self-hating, shame filled gay or trans youth who could really use the positive message of acceptance and "it gets better" right now. If you can take a minute to read Sherwood's article, you can see that there's still a huge fucking need for positivity, light and safety for many gay, bi, trans, queer people young and old. There's still a need for the PFLAG and Parents of Trangender floats for those kids scrounging for the courage to come out, or those who have been beaten or said terrible things to them after coming out. Maybe someone could use this space to write something that would give hope to those who are feeling alone and isolated.

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Posted by Wendy Walters on 07/21/2015 at 2:21 PM

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