LGBTQ activist Eldon Hay remembered
Refocus a gay son!” he said. “So all those fears of telling him came true, and thank god they did.”
Eldon’s passion for equal treatment goes far beyond the needs of the LGBTQ community, such as the rights for any individual or group of people. This is precisely the reason he has won the respect and love of so many.
In 1997, he received the New Brunswick Human Rights Award and in 2003, Eldon Hay received the Order of Canada in recognition of his work regarding LGBTQ rights. The following is how Eldon was described in receiving the order.
“With intelligence, integrity and compassion, this human rights activist has championed a more tolerant, inclusive society.”
Eldon founded the Moncton and Sackville/Amherst chapters of PFLAG Canada and was the first National president.
On May 31 past, Amherst raised the Pride flag and as I drove to the site I noticed Eldon walking slowly down Church Street, hands clasped behind his back. He appeared tired and gladly accepted the drive.
A week later, Amherst had the first ever Pride Parade in that town. Eldon, in true form, would not be deterred and joined me and Sherri Briand as part of the parade. We were asked to bring up the rear and felt somewhat out of tune.
A police officer, Scott White, smiled and said, “You may be the last, but we saved the best for last.”
Eldon’s last appearance in a parade was in Moncton in August. I visited with Eldon a few weeks ago in his home and both of us were aware this would be the last time we would meet.
I salute Eldon Hay, husband, father, grandfather, author, educator, true to his religion, challenger, human rights activist and a champion for all. You were and will remain “A man for all Seasons”. Comments and information: email@example.com