Because it's 2016 II: Rainbow (and Pink and Blue) Boogaloo
June 1, 2016 4:04 PM   Subscribe

For the first time in history, the pride flag has been raised on Parliament Hill (video), Ottawa. For the first time in history, the Trans Flag has been raised with the Pride Flag at Toronto City Hall.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering (13 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
 
1. Well done, Canada.

2. The alternative trans pride flag was actually designed by a Canadian, and has been raised in Canada government before.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 4:12 PM on June 1, 2016 [2 favorites]


Ottawa police aren't the federal government. In Canada, flying the trans flag on parliament hill is, iconically, like flying it on the dome of the Capitol Building or the White House.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 4:22 PM on June 1, 2016 [4 favorites]


Ah, thank you.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 4:24 PM on June 1, 2016


This is a nice thing to have done.
posted by dazed_one at 4:39 PM on June 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


I was a little sad we choose to use such a weedy flag pole until I realized it was intentionally chosen to enable easy photo-ops.

feckless fecal fear mongering: "In Canada, flying the trans flag on parliament hill is, iconically, like flying it on the dome of the Capitol Building or the White House."

I think that would be more like flying it on the Peace Tower; they set up a temporary pole on the grounds to fly the flag in this case. Understandably, they don't want to be dealing with special interests (or just interests I guess) flying flags from the official flagpole of the nation.
posted by Mitheral at 6:13 PM on June 1, 2016


Trudeau just keeps hitting it out of the park with his theme of inclusiveness. The images from his participation in the Pride Parade here in Vancouver make it is really obvious that this isn't simply a matter of political expediency on his part. He genuinely cares about the people and issues involved, and obviously really enjoys the event. This picture went viral when it was first published. He must be giving his RCMP security-detail heart-attacks.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 11:00 PM on June 1, 2016 [4 favorites]


This is great and I don't want to detract from that, but wow do I ever hate the trans flag. Pink and blue? Really? In fucking pastels?!?
posted by Dysk at 12:43 AM on June 2, 2016


> This is great and I don't want to detract from that, but wow do I ever hate the trans flag. Pink and blue? Really? In fucking pastels?!?

It's hideous, isn't it? Having said that, I was at Sparkle last year for some reason (which is of course problematic in any number of other ways) and most of the flags flying there were of an alternative design, with magenta going through a 'spectrum' through to blue and no pastels in sight.
posted by winterhill at 1:35 AM on June 2, 2016


Oh man, the language on Sparkle's website is clearly much older even than their dated Web design.
posted by Dysk at 6:43 AM on June 2, 2016


> Trudeau just keeps hitting it out of the park with his theme of inclusiveness.

Meanwhile, Canadian conservatives keep on keepin' on...
posted by The Card Cheat at 10:04 AM on June 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


This is great and I don't want to detract from that, but wow do I ever hate the trans flag. Pink and blue? Really? In fucking pastels?!?

Eh, it's better than having 8 completely different Nonbinary Pride flags. (I'm sticking with the yellow/white/purple/black even though it's bad heraldry.)
posted by Foosnark at 8:48 PM on June 2, 2016


I dunno, that sounds like you might be able to choose one you don't hate, and I'm struggling to see how representing diversity quite so literally is bad...
posted by Dysk at 2:29 AM on June 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


something something rules of heraldry something something straight white cis males
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 3:25 AM on June 3, 2016


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