Thursday, February 27, 2014

Tribute to Loretta Saunders

Sending my condolences to family and friends of Newfoundland native, and Nova Scotia resident, Loretta Saunders - a woman who's life was stolen away from her. Sometimes life just isn't fair nor makes any sense. The irony that she became a victim of the very type of crime she was fighting to stop, leaves me speechless, and numb in the heart. May she never be forgotten and may her legacy of great work and being an inspiration to Native Canadians, live on forever.
(photo credit, Loretta Saunders Memorial Facebook)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

RIP Scooter II (Nov 17, 2013 - Feb 15, 2014)

Poor Scooter II passed away this morning. poor little fella never seemed healthy. kidney or liver failure the likely cause.. he died very young... another sad valentines day to add to my history books

Thursday, February 6, 2014

McCreath to boycott Olympic Gay Flag Events, Says unfair to take attention off athletes

I am a lesbian and I feel badly about the anti-gay laws in Russia, but I have decided to boycott the rainbow flag raising events at St. John's City Hall and Confederation Building today.  There is a time and place to do gay rights activism work, and I don't think this is appropriate timing.   These events, which will likely feature speaches from heterosexual politicians, and members of the gay community who are not athletes, are only being done to further their own political agendas..

The Olympics is a time to focus on and feature the athletes. Rather than go to these gay flag events, I am going to kick back and relax in front of the TV and cheer on the many Canadian athletes that I love and respect so much. It is not fair for anyone to take the attention away from them....

Sorry politicians, and sorry St. John's gay community (who for the most part, have been very cruel to me and other trans people), you won't get me as a political pawn, and shame on you all for exploiting this situation,.

I didn't chose to be a lesbian but i did chose to be an athlete - a darn good marathonner, at one point. My preference and priority and loyalty here has to go with the athletes. Raise a Sidney Crosby flag, and i'd be there!

Jennifer McCreath
2009 World Outgames Double Gold Medal Winner
Marathon Runner and Swimmer
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My thoughts on Politicians raising Gay flags regarding Sochi Olympics

Here's a comment I submitted to a recent web news article regarding the rainbow flag raising event, by politicians, at St. John's City Hall....

"First of all, I'm trans and lesbian. Secondly, I think this event is being done for the wrong reasons. The people being forgotten here are all the LGBT athletes who have been shunned by their countries, including Canada. secondly, while it is upsetting that Russia has created anti-gay laws, I don't want to blame the Canadian athletes or call on them to boycott. they all deserve to be at the Olympics and I am sure none of them had a say in where the Olympics would be held. Secondly, I think the City of St. John's needs to do a better job demonstrating their commitment to making this city safe from discrimination and free from oppression. Raising a flag does not do anything to add value to my life. Unless this event is going to focus on LGBT athletes, then I think it is out of bounds and reeks of political opportunism."

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

To Boycott or not? World Outgames Champion McCreath struggles with Sochi

I'm really torn over the Sochi boycott idea. I am disgusted that Russian has anti-gay laws. I am also really upset that Athletics Canada has a poor record when it comes to supporting the growth of LGBT Canadian athletes.

At the same time, Brad Jacobs, Jennifer Jones, Sidney Crosby, Kaitlyn Osmond  and many others, have my love and respect and best wishes. I would never want them to feel badly about crossing the boycott picket line, in order for them to fulfill their dreams.

I still haven't decided whether or not I will be watching any of the events on television.  It saddens me to think that if I attended Sochi in person, I might get arrested by border agents, simply because I have a trans medical history.

Oh well, I am sure I will have more to say on this topic in the days ahead!