We did it, we made it to Toronto Pride 2017.


Ashton Deroy Writes: Thanks to the help of Melissa, Stephanie and anyone who showed up to Seneca Pride meetings. We did it guys we got to march in the Toronto Pride Parade! 

This was the climax of a year of our vice president and President’s planning and because of this, we were able to promote Seneca’s culture of acceptance, education, and diversity. 

At this event, I was handing out flyers with some other people to promote our group within Seneca College. This is why promotion is one of the most fun methods of Marketing guys

My favorite part of participating with Seneca in the parade was, of course, getting my free black T-Shirt. Stephanie did a great job designing these and I love to collect gay shirts so thank you so much! 

I had to say as a gay man from a bit of a crappy past. Marching in the Gay Pride Parade in Toronto was a dream come true and I am so happy to be able to say I have done this with my college now. Since being out I have done gay Pride events in Belleville, Kingston, and Toronto. 

Did the drama of Toronto Pride interfere with my fun? No, because Pride is a cultural celebration, not a political or business drama. Sometimes organizations want to get in the way of that or preach the wrong message but you just have to continue to show up and relay your own message of acceptance and hope eventually you will be heard. 

Speaking apart from Seneca Pride, I Ashton Deroy would like the OPP to have a feature in next year’s Toronto Pride! 


The moral responsibility of being out of the closet


Hi, I am Ashton Deroy. I am 24, a Business & Marketing student, a capitalist, a business writer for Toronto-Businessphere. I have worked mainly in Advertising & Tech. “Oh Yeah and I am really gay!” Sometimes people do ask me, “How are you so comfortable being out?” . To that I reply “I have been out for 8 years, it is as easy as breathing for me. 

I came out in 2010 at 17 in the small town of Brighton Ontario. A small, heavily religious and conservative community. Around the 3rd month of being out was my first bashing! From that point forward I knew I had to choose from being scared, or choose to do something. So in 2011 I joined the high school wrestling team and started working out. Did that make things worse in some ways? Yes, I’ve had everything implied about being a gay guy on the wrestling team. I’ve been called Pervert, fag, homo, sissy, queer, 

That all changed during a team mate to team mate competition where I got my first win. It was at that point I feel members of the team had started to respect my drive and stopped focusing on my sexuality! I must of been on the wrestling team for 1 year, I was never one of the best. However, the bullying stopped being physical. The odd verbal abuse happened, but no one wanted to fight me after learning a few simple movements that would knock the average person over. 

What would of happened if I didn’t come out? No one in my small town would of started standing up for the gay athletes, no one would learn to not assume weakness from sexuality and I would still be weak. This was the first time I knew being out was the right thing to do for my life. It would not be the last. 

Fast forward 5 years. I had been to community college, was working at a call center & wondering what to do with my life. 2015 in Brighton Ontario. 

Where are my peers at? They have kids, wives or divorces and messy lives! A few of the guy’s I went to High School with, now troll GrindR for discrete hookups (They are married!) They have family lives that are waiting to explode on the eventual surfacing of them being gay. 

This could of been my life, but I know Diana Skye, my grandma & Father have all said to me a few times they are glad this is not the road I chose to go down. You see, it is survival to be in the closet in a country that oppresses your freedoms. It is cowardly to do one in Canada given our current state of gay rights. For more on that click this wiki link!