People are Silly . .

Published 02, Nov, 2012
Author // Bob Leahy - Publisher

. . . says Bob Leahy. Especially when it’s Halloween, raining and cold and you’re celebrating at Halloween central aka Toronto’s gay village at Church and Wellesley. Not that silly is bad, In fact, Bob argues, silly is very, very good.

People are Silly   . .

Hurricane Sandy didn’t take a big bite out of Toronto and environs this week, but it did dump a lot of rain.  Which lingered – and lingered – and lingered.  Lingered right over Halloween in fact.  How dare it! Gay Christmas (OK, that's Pride, but you get the point), not ruined but dampened mightily.

But who cares if the makeup was running a bit.

So the umbrellas were out on Church Street this past Wednesday, but so were the boys and girls, unfazed and dressed  to the nines. I somehow thought they would be – that’s why my partner came out from our rural hideaway to enjoy the fun. And there was lots to see. There is nothing that can stop a wet but determined drag queen strutting her stuff, after all, or any of the others for whom this  night is a big occasion, not to mention a huge opportunity to act silly.

But let’s face it, Halloween is not really about the scares anymore, is it? True we go through the motions of dragging out the ghouls and the goblins along with the pumpkin-themed tack, but who’s scared by all this? No, this holiday is all about being unselfconsciously, outrageously silly.  Or at least for those that celebrate.  And there is something really quite admirable, I’d suggest, for a grown man wanting to look like a fairy princess for one night – and then doing it. In the rain.

No way you’ll find me badmouthing silly here. Silly is a very good thing in my book. We have far too little silly in our world, so it’s great to see it in full flower on places like Church Street, whatever the weather.

And maybe the connection with HIV is a little tenuous here.  But I can’t help thinking that, of the fun-loving gay men parading up and down here being truly outrageous, at least one quarter, maybe a bit more, are HIV-positive. That they were cold and wet, maybe skimpily dressed even, really matters not a bit on this one night of the year.  I admire that immensely.

We should all be more silly, I think.

Even the guys from AIDS ACTION NOW! were out on the street, being inventively silly and serious, dressed as old hags, handing out leaflets that highlighted the witch hunt that is criminalization these days.  Good stuff!

In any event, here’s the silly video I made.  See what you think.

About the Author

Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy - Publisher

Award-winning blogger Bob Leahy first made his social media mark a decade ago on where there are still to this day almost 3,000 entries of his available to be read. He was a featured blogger on Ontario’s campaign, along with founder Brian Finch. He joined at its inception in 2009 and became it's Editor a year later.

Born in the UK, Bob’s background is in corporate banking, which he gladly left in 1994, after being diagnosed with HIV the previous year.  He has chaired the board of PARN (Peterborough AIDS Resource Network) and has been an executive board member of both the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) and the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS).  He was inducted in to the Ontario AIDS Network’s Honour Roll in 2005.  Bob is currently a member of Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance). He also writes for

In 2012, Bob was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his work and commitment to HIV/AIDS in Canada.

Bob continues to write for this site while in the Positivelite.Com editor’s seat, with a particular interest  in HIV prevention, theatre and the arts in general. He is accredited media for a number of Toronto theatres. He lives in Warkworth, Ontario with his partner of thirty-two years and three dogs.