July 22, 2005

Celebrating Toronto's Gay History?

As I said yesterday, I'm staying with a theme here for a bit. It started with my 'Potty Mouth'; which I (no, not Tom as expected) made a reference to felatio. Then the undies, then the dildos; and now this -----

I'm not sure how I missed this, or any of you for that matter. If you have posted about this and I missed it, I apologize.

Roughly one month ago in Toronto's Church and Wellesley gay district a statue and plaque honoring Toronto's first gay man was erected (no snickers please).

The history of Alexander Wood (again, no snickering) is a controversial one. Wood served as magistrate in Toronto and was investigating an alleged rape of a woman. The woman claimed that she left a scratch on her attacker's penis. Wood, who was reportedly a homosexual, investigated the attack by inspecting the penises of young men. There were never any charges filed against any young man nor was there ever an investigation into the allegation of the woman. It was widely rumored that the woman was never raped and that it was infact Wood who initiated the story in order to fondle young men.

The problem arises here; the statue and plaque are in an open, public area for all, including children, to see.


Now, what do you tell to your young child when they ask "Mommy/daddy what is that man doing to that other man? Why do people think that Alexander Wood was so special?"

I have had it with homosexuality being shoved down the throats of those who disagree with it. But the ways in which they are indoctrinating our little ones is too much for this housewife to handle. The PC methods used in the media and in our schools to change the moral structure of our society has removed a parents right to instruct our children as we see fit. But I will continue to teach my children that homosexuality is wrong. I will continue to tell them that God specifically calls it an abomination in the Bible. I will remind them that the only two cities that God destroyed because of a particular sin, was the sin of homosexuality. I will remind them that this horrible, deadly disease of AIDS, that is affecting innocent children around the world, was caused by the act of homosexuality.

I don't need or want any PC lectures from the libs. You want me to respect your right to choose? You want me to respect your ideology of tolerance? Well tolerate this sweethearts, I have an opinion too and if you choose NOT to tolerate it, then that makes you a hypocrite.

Postscript: I have a friend who struggles with their sexuality. This person is an important part of my life and will remain there no matter what. So now you can't catagorize me as a homophobe. Ha . . ha . . ha . .

If you're interested, read more here:


Posted by Stacy at July 22, 2005 12:22 PM | TrackBack

I'm confused. Does the plaque depict him simply examining someone? Or performing a homosexual act?

I mean, if the former, I'll admit it's in poor taste (no pun) but relatively innocent. If this is a sneaky way of getting a pro-homosexual image in the public square, however, I'm of course against it.

It's akin to this famous image apparently culled directly from a Catholic Church:


You be the judge.

Posted by: Admin Worm at July 22, 2005 01:49 PM

That was just wrong!!! I should have put more links up. The gay community is thrilled about this. It is him examining a man, but Wood was commonly known as a pervert. I went through a bottle of Maalox reading the gay sites about this.

Posted by: Stacy at July 22, 2005 02:06 PM

If that's the case, I'm with you.

I think I speak for you, Stacy, when I say how tired I get of the "mischievous" portrayal of sex in cases like this. On one hand, the gay community tells us "homosexuality isn't about sex," but on the other hand, if they manage to covertly display a plaque like this in the public square, there's a high-five party.

It reminds me of when I was 10 and saw my first "dirty" magazine. Yeah, it feels naughty...yeah, it's fun to snicker with your friends even though you don't quite understand it...but most of us outgrew that reaction 20 years ago.

We're told to look the other way when Gay Rights parades feature leather-clad bondage freaks on leashes, because "they don't represent the majority of our community." Funny, that's exactly what we hear from Mosques each time a terrorist attack occurs. "They don't represent the whole community! Granted, the more reasonable among us never publicly denounce them, but still, they don't represent us."


Posted by: Admin Worm at July 22, 2005 02:21 PM

Heh. As I'm reading this, there's a lispy (as in FAB-ULOUSSSSSSS!) Catholic priest being interviewed on TV seriously pinging my gay-dar.

Posted by: Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit at July 22, 2005 03:04 PM

I totally agree with you, and the plaque is disgusting.

Posted by: Darlene S. at July 22, 2005 03:08 PM

"I don't need or want any PC lectures from the libs. You want me to respect your right to choose? You want me to respect your ideology of tolerance? Well tolerate this sweethearts, I have an opinion too and if you choose NOT to tolerate it, then that makes you a hypocrite."

Gee. I wish you were over at mouthy moms a few days ago! But none the less- Great post.


Posted by: Steph at July 22, 2005 03:36 PM

Steph, as I commented on Paula's blog last week, I was busy that day and found out about via e-mail. I read it after the fact and found my temperature rising. God kept me busy that day on purpose. Potty Mouth would have risen to the occassion and left a black mark on Christians everywhere. You four were spectacular! All of you so kindly defended the Bible.

Posted by: Stacy at July 22, 2005 03:41 PM

Thanks Stacy. I didn't see the comment on paula's blog but i guess the if it made your blood boil enough that "potty mouth" would have taken over then you're right- God's hand was really in your busy schedule that day!


Posted by: Steph at July 22, 2005 04:38 PM


I was ranting on a very similar topic (http://beast7.blogspot.com/2005/07/deja-voo-doo.html)although sort of from the other side, earlier this week. Seems like the libs want freedom from the proximity of religion, but when someone with moral character objects to public displays of obscenity or vulgarity, where is our tolerance and compassion...?

@#$%&* 'em.

Oh wait, I guess that's what they WANT...

Posted by: Beast7 at July 22, 2005 05:36 PM

Stacy, I totally agree with your comments on this. The plaque is absolutely over the top, and I can't believe it's displayed in public anywhere. But I fear we'll see more and more of this as years go by, and less and less opposition.

I'm 100 percent with you, as you know, but at the same time I'm wondering, when is your current theme going to play out? I don't know how much more I can take! I mean, I have a feeling the next time I look here I'll be seeing fuzzy photographs of farm animals.

One final thought -- according to my World Almanac, Toronto is home to the world's largest free-standing tower. Coincidence?

Posted by: Muley at July 22, 2005 06:25 PM

Stacy, I think you tell the seven year old, "The man is a doctor and he needs to give an examination." Then keep the kid from reading the inscription. It's not ideal but what can you do?

Beast - well-put, "freedom from the proximity to religion." It's as if they're afraid that a little exposure will suddenly start converting droves of people. Fancy that.... I'm reminded of Shift the Ape (from mem, please forgive): "Away! Take him away, where we cannot hear him, nor he hear us!"

Posted by: Nightfly at July 22, 2005 10:15 PM

I wouldn't have thought of you as a homophobe, I have a friend like that too. I hate it when people think we don't understand, you know?

Posted by: Nettie at July 22, 2005 11:27 PM

I'll make them a deal: They quit insisting that I "celebrate" their lifestyle and keep it under wraps where I keep my sex life, and I'll quit insisting that they're disgusting little perverts, which the ones who march in the parades truly are.

As far as I know, Minneapolis has never hosted a "Heterosexual Pride" parade that insists that we "celebrate heterosexual monogamy. The opposite cannot be said.

The gay couples that I've known that live quietly together and don't insist that I "celebrate" their sexuality, just as I've never insisted that they celebrate mine, I don't have a problem with. If you want to be accepted into society, you'd better be prepared to "act" like society.

Posted by: The Exile at July 23, 2005 08:23 PM

Exile-you nailed it. Obviously I have an issue with the sin, but it doesn't help when it's forced upon us and we are called bigots because be disagree.

Posted by: Stacy at July 23, 2005 10:56 PM