(TORONTO, ON) – You have to give Boomers like me a bit of a break. Once upon a time in the 60s, certain words were only said with disdain or discomfort; credit cards, divorce, and homosexuality. My goodness, during my high school years in the 1970s, homo was considered the lowest form of insult.
I can’t say I ever even knew a “homo,” but the mere thought of a man or woman being homosexual was alien and, if not threatening, an evil. Now, some 40 years later, my Westie marches with a gay pride flag in his mouth during Pride Day in Toronto.
My gay meter vacillating between extreme danger and danger has toned down to a comfort level. Not a total acceptance level, but please give me some generational space to deal with homosexuality. At the end of the day, I am more comfortable with love between the same sex as opposed to hatred between the straights and the gays.
How far our gay discomfort meter has tilted towards normalcy is reflected in the 8-minute National Film Board production, I Like Girls, which is written and directed by Montreal cartoonist and animator Diane Obomsawin, and based on her novel of the same name.
Four anthropomorphic lesbian figures share their initial lesbian experiences. It has been selected by 41 film festivals to date and won eight awards, including best LBGT short at the New York City Short Film Festival.
It possesses a refreshing juvenile exposure to lesbianism, which deals with emotions of initial sexuality, parental disapproval, rejection, miscalculation of reciprocity, a sense of community, loneliness, and true love. It is a personal look at initial tangles with lesbian attraction.
As a Boomer I am totally comfortable with its innocent streak, but I can only imagine Doug Ford ranting against this film as filth if it was ever introduced as part of a sex education curriculum in Ontario. Not everyone is comfortable with homosexuality.