Editor: I looked at “Overheard on the Island” in a recent edition of The Guardian and to my shock and dismay, read about the bullying of a so-called “sissy.”
While I would hope that this was placed in the paper as a point of discussion, I fear it is there as a fond or funny remembrance of times gone by. I was one of those “sissies” bullied by others and the scars remain with me today.
This behaviour is no less damaging than the St. Mary’s University frosh week chant and the end result can be as overwhelming as the recent suicide of the young Nova Scotia girl. Suicide is a very real concern for gay men.
I live in Vancouver now and I often find I'm defending Prince Edward Island; explaining that it is much more tolerant than some of the B.C. and Alberta towns I've been in. However, when I see this type of article in our local paper, with no explanation, I am led to believe that perhaps I should not be defending my home province as strongly as I am.
I think this can be turned around if The Guardian chooses to make this a point of discussion. I would suggest that the paper issue an explanation, perhaps in discussion with Mr. Weale. Anything short of this would indicate to me that the paper does not take the issue of bullying seriously.