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Gay Canadian MP's 'Brokeback' Christmas Card Gets Attention


Openly gay Canadian MP Scott Brison (who was Canada's first openly gay member of Cabinet) sent out the above photo on a Christmas card this year.

It's not an unusual or controversial image, but it is making the papers:

"Scott Brison describes it as 'Canadian Gothic.' ...  'Just a couple of guys and their dog standing in a field,' he says about his Christmas card this year. But there are others, the Nova Scotia Liberal MP says, who are describing it as 'The Brokeback Brisons' – an homage to the Ang Lee movie about two gay cowboys and their love affair on a Wyoming mountain. This is the first time, meanwhile, the couple has posed together for a Christmas card and it is likely the first same-sex married-couple MP Christmas card...It was sent to about 5,000 friends and constituents. The photo was taken by Windsor, N.S., photographer Garey Pridham. Mr. Brison says he wasn’t trying to make any sort of political statement with the card. Rather, the couple had never gotten around to having photos taken. But this past Thanksgiving they took advantage of a wedding gift to do a shoot. (Mr. Brison made history when he became the first federal politician to marry his same-sex partner in August, 2007.) They liked the images and decided to one for their card."

One day we'll look back and think it so strange that this was thought of as something out of the ordinary.

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  1. Unlike American newspapers that would encourage the hate-filled commentary in an effort to boost pageviews, the Canadian paper wrote the following, which is in itself a great commentary on tolerance and acceptance:
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    Editor's Note: Comments have been closed due to an overwhelming number of hateful and homophobic remarks. We appreciate that readers want to discuss this issue, but we can't allow our site to become a platform for intolerance.

    Posted by: Tim | Dec 21, 2009 5:41:25 PM

  2. "One day we'll look back and think it so strange that this was thought of as something out of the ordinary."

    I remain hopeful, too, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

    Posted by: Jedi | Dec 21, 2009 5:55:01 PM

  3. I am glad I live in Canada :)
    Sure lots of dorks still refuse to get with the times, but my mom is married to a woman and I have a same sex partner whom I am seriously considering marriage with. I think it IS sad that even though it is a very nice picture they could and should be standing together. My idea of a christmas card is some hugs and cheerfulness. Oh well - next year boys!

    Posted by: Jason | Dec 22, 2009 1:59:12 AM

  4. It surprises me how little intimacy they show in the photo. If this were a straight couple, they'd at least have their arms around each other or they'd be standing closer together. It must have been a political decision to use a card in which they are standing so far apart.

    Posted by: on | Dec 22, 2009 11:40:28 PM

  5. Leave it to the Canadians, what a great shot and I love the doge !

    If it wasn't so damn cold in the winter my partner and I would consider moving north. Love those people and their progressive thinking !

    Posted by: EJ | Sep 10, 2011 10:48:24 AM

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