“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are.
When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Ottawa is flying the gay pride flag at city hall during the Olympic Games. An act of protest, and just as importantly, an act of love and solidarity with Russia’s gay and lesbian communities.
Ironically, the flag stands as a gentle reminder of Olympic principles, which state that:
The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.
The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practising sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson accounced the city’s plans on Twitter:
It’s not just Ottawa showing its colours. The idea started in Montreal (mais oui!), and now flags are flying across Canada.
Another inspirational “waving flag” is the now infamous song by K’naan, a Somali Canadian singer-songwriter. Not a song about gay rights, but about freedom, pride and celebration:
The song is now an anthem for school children across Canada.
For this young generation, future citizens of the world, sexual orientation is a non-issue. They’ve learned that in love, as in sport, it’s not important what team you’re on. It’s how you play the game.
That is reason for hope.
“When I get older
I will be stronger
They’ll call me ‘Freedom’
just like a wavin’ flag”
So wave your flag. Whatever the colours.