25 Oct Ally
Being an ally. That’s a big word to throw around. Countries, groups, individuals, we’ve all been allies at one point or another for a cause dear to our hearts. I know for myself, I’ve thrown that term around quite a bit.
#Pride. #LoveIsLove. #BeTrue. #BeYou. I’ve been to the pride parades, the clubs, the drag shows (some of my greatest memories) and I’ve celebrated love in its truest form with friends and colleagues near and dear to my heart. But was I truly making a difference? I thought I was. I thought that by being at these events, I was making a statement, but within the last month, these are no longer just hashtags to me. I now feel that I am making a real difference.
The amazing team at SandBay Entertainment is working on a documentary entitled The Fruit Machine. It’s a film that explores the homosexual purge of military members and public servants from the 1950s through 1990s in Canada. Working behind the scenes on this documentary has taught me an important lesson: as far as we Canadians have come, we still have far to go. I can’t pretend to know the ins and outs of the struggle, but in being able to provide these survivors and experts with a platform to share their stories, I feel like I’m finally able to make difference. I feel like I can finally call myself…an ally.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you need to work on a film to make a difference. I’m trying to say that achieving that feeling of knowing that you’re standing up for what you believe in, speaking out, and not being afraid to show it, is what working on this film has allowed me to do. The amazing people we’ve met have been inspiring, and I truly believe that their stories will inspire others too.
As I speak to our participants on the phone, meet them in person, and listen to their interviews in the edit suite, I fall in love with them over and over again. I want them to know that they’ve touched my life and will touch so many others. I can’t wait for you to hear their stories.
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