Society :: Pride Toronto, Toronto Police and Black Lives Matter

By on January 19, 2017

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PRIDE TORONTO, TORONTO POLICE AND BLACK LIVES MATTER :: A supporter of activist group Black Lives Matter’s ballsy 2016 Toronto Pride sit-in (and not the biggest fan of Toronto police,) GGN publisher Shaun Proulx feels “our LGBT community and our Pride is better than this” in the wake of Tuesday evening’s AGM takeover that saw Black Lives Matter’s agenda moved to top spot – when it wasn’t even on the agenda – with all Black Lives Matter’s demands met, including the removal of Toronto Police from future participation in parades and booths. Proulx detailed what needs fixing in this messy script for 24 Hours and shared ideas last fall on how to make Pride one to be proud of again.

RELATED :: GGN contributor Joey Viola was front row when Black Lives Matter’s sit in shook the city, Toronto Police and Toronto Pride like never before. 

4 Comments

  1. John Brodhagen

    January 20, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Pride is about equality and acceptance of all, denying police presence in the parade would set us back 35 years. WE have all fought way to long and hard to get this far, it’s time to keep moving forward. It’s time to put down the guns and love one another instead of throwing shade and hate.

  2. Sherry Sylvain

    January 21, 2017 at 3:13 am

    I support a number of the demands of BLM; however, I cannot support their methodology or their desire to exclude an entire class of people from Pride Toronto participation. The experiences of some individuals with certain Police services personnel does not warrant banning all police personnel from participation. This is a simple matter of prejudice; claiming that because some police personnel in some places have behaved badly, all police personnel are bad. All Transwomen are prostitutes, all gay men are feminine, all Asians own dry cleaning stores, all South Asians run dollar stores, all Middle Easterners are terrorists, and all of our own Indigenous Canadians are lazy drunks… choose your prejudicial stereotype and decide who you feel can NOT sit with us. Don’t worry, I won’t be seeking a seat at your table.

  3. valerie-ann sheekey

    January 21, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    When I attended Pride two years ago, it honestly brought tears to my eyes as the gay cops walked in front of their fellow officers holding hands. I thought what an amazing statement, I believe 6ish different forces were represented, they were making. We need the police to march and show solidarity in Pride and what it has always stood for!!!!

  4. Robert Caughell

    January 21, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Pride Committee was black mailed by BLM. It has no backbone. We have come a long way from he 1981 bath house raids, now reset back to zero because of BLM.

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