Having A Voice

With any form of direct opinion comes controversy, debate and consequence. When one person’s ideas regarding a singular issue are stated publically, there is another equally as potent. I am of course referring to the radical circumstance that has led to the creation of this new section of Gossip Guy, Off the Record. These circumstances have already become public domain right here on this very blog and can be referenced as well in their entirety (see below for the complete history and links to the original articles).

The reason behind this new section being created is that GALA/LA (the Gay & Lesbian Association of Lethbridge & Area) has removed a voice within their community from their publication due to recent events surrounding an affiliate of theirs giving bad press for our community, from within our community. Scandalous I know.  But in trying to silence my voice they have inadvertently caused a phoenix to rise from the ashes and speak out for the injustices that are sought to be covered up. Essentially; Off the Record, will be my own voice, and I urge each and every one of you reading to realize the power and value of your own voice and words.

It would seem that these days having an opinion is underrated, when in fact; it is the one thing that our society has let slip away and even looks down upon. If you have an idea that goes against the current governing body they will try to silence you as with this case. The governing bodies of our community are obligated to listen and conduct themselves in a manner that represents us and our voices, and not their own agendas. Matthew Young had an opinion, maybe more should have listened.

Brief History:

October 15, 2010: Political Controversy vs. Misconduct of a Public Figure
President of ULSU Pride, the Lethbridge gay university group, makes shocking public statement and Matthew Young retorts outraged.

October 17, 2010: More Controversy: Gay Students vs. Gossip Guy Now?
Study body at the Lethbridge University attacks Gossip Guy for exercising freedom of press upon disgraceful report of ULSU President’s behavior.

November 3, 2010: Gossip Guy Does Not Reflect What GALA/LA Wants to Embody in the Community? DUH!
Gossip Guy is removed from GALA/LA publication “The Occasion” as a result of reporting the misconduct of the ULSU President. It appears that ULSU Pride & GALA/LA are working together to censor Gossip Guy’s voice as he doesn’t reflect what they want to embody in the community; what about the ULSU Pride President?

Off the Record is my opportunity to voice my own opinions and thoughts, Off the Record. Anything written on the Off the Record pages is in no way officially representing the brand and theme of Gossip Guy, its ideas, advice, or content. Every post is a personal log of what I feel should be said and nothing more.
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5 Responses to Having A Voice

  1. Stacy Green says:

    Dear: Gossip Guy,

    Firstly, I want to thank you for creating your website. I like it.

    Secondly, I’d like you to know – that there are those of us in the community who share many of your opinions. I’ve only recently been aware of your site, and have yet to really explore everything, but I thought it important that someone take the time to show you some support amid all the rhetoric.

    Indeed, public figures (regardless of age, context, or sincerity) have a distinctly higher responsibility to the example they set. To suggest that a public figure should be excused of their responsibility to their position; based on what their friends think about them is not only insulting to the entire community, but it clearly shows ignorance of the point you’re trying to make.

    The comment was published as a statement, not an opinion, not a funny figure of speech. That constitutes slander, libel, and certainly points to defamation. People who represent certain authority or credibility within a community have an important role. A responsible role, and a role that is not “forgotten” simply because of someone’s personality quirks.

    To you; GossipGuy – I tip my hat, and again “thank you” for at least trying to be a positive influence on a community which deserves it. The talent and skills of our community are far greater than others I have experienced. The passion, angst, successes, and even failures of the Southern Alberta Gay Community are important enough to take seriously. The idea that any member of our community would “bash” another individual is shameful. To suggest that one should “get to know her” before judging her obviously ill chosen words, is insulting to the entire community.

    Finally: The very idea that a group which has claimed to be the “voice of the LGBT community” in Southern Alberta for so long; censoring and supporting such foolishness – well, I’m very disappointed to say the least.

    I hope you keep up the good work. I hope the community moves past this silliness.

    Cheers!
    Stacy

    • Gossip Guy says:

      Dear Stacy,

      Thank you for your kind words on the Gossip Guy website. I receive fan mail in its various forms frequently. Some of them are good, and some are really hateful; but that comes with the territory lately. The positive reinforcement I do receive from people like you is greatly appreciated as it adds some validity to what I’m trying to accomplish.

      I also appreciate the support in your words regarding the behaviors of our LGBT community groups. I do hope that in the future we have more responsible leaders and we can all move past the silliness. Unfortunately at the moment it appears that the issue is not being addressed properly and I’m happy you recognize that fact as well.

      Unfortunately Gossip Guy was never “intended” to become a reporting engine of this accord, it was generated strictly for fun and to offer LGBT resources to Southern Alberta where there were none before; but it has become so much more now out of need to help educate upon many different issues. There are positives and negatives on why such a decision was made, but ultimately I felt I had to say some things. The only certainty in life is that it changes, and so did Gossip Guy.

      I do recommend you continue poking around the Gossip Guy website since you mentioned you have only made it part way through and continue to check back often as I post a few bits every week. The dating advice will of course not be much use to you as you are happily partnered with children, but the rest of the site applies to everyone.

      Thank you again for your words of support.

      //Gossip Guy, you know you love me -xoxo

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