The Rainbow Connection

Photo by Transit Gurrl

Photo by Transit Gurrl

It’s Pride Week in Vancouver which means the downtown core is bustling with pretty, pretty boys (*sigh* – presh!). To kick off this fabulous annual event, Vancouver unveiled a permanent rainbow crosswalk in Davie Street Village. What makes this crosswalk so special is that it’s not just a first for Vancouver, it’s a first for Canada!

I’m a self-professed Fag-Hag and I must admit that I take it for granted that everyone loves the gays as much as I do. Tonight during the commute home my bus buddy and I were discussing Pride Week when she admitted to me that not too long ago she was a huge homophobe and was absolutely terrified (her word, not mine) of gay men.

When I say “terrified”, I’m not exaggerating. Her fear was so extreme that when a relative invited his gay best friend to her house, she had to mentally prepare herself. While in her home he drank a glass of water and as soon as he left she scrubbed the glass thoroughly. The glass didn’t seem clean enough so she then washed it with bleach. She still didn’t feel comfortable so she had to throw the glass out.

Much like me, I’m sure you’re wondering what was the turning point for her. Well, she works in the healthcare field and it just so happens that one of her patients was a gracious, lovely man who was personable, funny, and, oh yeah, gay. He immediately noticed her discomfort with him and went to great lengths to put her at ease. He promised her that by his final visit she’d feel comfortable enough to give him a hug.

One day a light bulb went off and she was able to finally understand that being gay is not a choice. This realization opened the door enough for her to begin letting go of her fears, and by the patient’s next visit she was running up to him asking if she could give him a hug. He noted that this was not his last appointment, to which she replied that she didn’t care, she just wanted to hug him.

In honour of Pride Week, and my bus buddy, I encourage all of you to hug a gay person, go for a walk with a lesbian, grab a cup of coffee with a transgender person, share a laugh with someone who’s bisexual, give a smile to a person who’s questioning – ultimately it really doesn’t matter what you do, just CELEBRATE PRIDE!

Whatever you do, just remember to be kind, be safe, and hydrate.

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All Signs Point To…

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Photo by Transit Gurrl

At the prompting of one of my colleagues, I watched the latest episode of The Amazing Race Canada and I must say that I’m disappointed with CTV and the show’s creators. Previews showed contestants having difficulties purchasing transit tickets; needless to say I was looking forward to this (yeah, I’m kind of a bitch that way). Much to my chagrin, not only did they not show contestants having problems purchasing their transit fares, they had contestants travel by taxi from the Richmond Oval to Chinatown! Um, hello, take the flipping train!

Speaking of challenges with transit fares, this fall Translink will implement its new Compass program and quite frankly, I have my concerns. If you look at the Translink website it states “Customers will still be able to pay by cash for all transit trips. For bus trips, people paying by cash will be issued a paper “proof of payment” ticket. These “proof of payment” receipts are good for transfers between buses; however, they will not provide access through faregates.”

Okay everyone, think about what really means… When discussing this with colleagues I pointed out that if I ever want to take my mother to Vancouver on transit, I can’t if she pays in cash. My colleague retorted that she’s not allowed in Vancouver. Hmm, she does have that fiery Latin temper…

In any event, I’ve applied to participate in the beta test of the Compass card. Fingers crossed that I get picked.

***Special note to the guy pretending to be hitchhiking while standing on the platform as the train was pulling into the station: I know you were trying to be funny. Uh, yeah, not so much…

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Whoa Nelly!

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Photo by Transit Gurrl

Note to self: you’re wearing earbuds therefore the people around you don’t know you’re listening to “Hot in Herre” on your MP3 player. More to the point, you’re taking your seat on the bus, not the guest seat on Ellen, so please, please, please, no dancing while you walk down the aisle. Please.

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Hidden Gems

Photo by Transit Gurrl

Photo by Transit Gurrl

We’ve all found pictures on our cameras that we didn’t realize or forgot we had taken, and this little beauty is no different. The funny thing is that at the end of my bus ride I found myself wishing I had snapped a pic because each of his nails were painted a different colour.

Low-cut shirts aside, I’m a fairly boring and conservative dresser so I appreciate it when others let their freak flags fly. In any event, should there ever be some sort of emergency I want to be next to this guy because the rescue crews will be able to find him like a beacon in the night.

While we’re on the subject of low-cut shirts, to all of the people that I accidentally flashed while adjusting my top at the train station, you’re welcome. Random act of kindness – nailed it!

Cost of of a 3-zone bus pass, $171.00. Seeing my hidden gems, priceless.

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The Hostess with the Mostess

It’s officially tourist season in Vancouver as evidenced by buses in the downtown core packed with people from every corner of the globe. This evening I encountered a family from Germany looking rather lost and confused .

“Howe Street?” the gentleman asked me.

“Next stop,” I assured him, “I’m getting off there.”

“We catch bus to Granville Island on Howe?”

“Sure!” I exclaimed.

Actually, I have no idea, but it sounded right to me. I’m beginning to think that the greatest random act of kindness I can bestow upon the visitors to our fair city is to stop playing tour guide. God knows where that poor family ended up.

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