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Trans people struggle with employment, basic medical care, accessing things like housing and even public washrooms. Look around. Most of the services offered are categorized by gender, so trans people face constant barriers using them.
Pride Toronto reiterated that police officers were welcome at the parade so long as they appeared as civilians rather than in an official capacity.
A committee representing LGBTQ officers in the force said it would be unacceptable for the city to give the grant to an event that excludes certain municipal employees.
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Since Black Lives Matter Toronto's sit-in during Pride 2016, many of you have shown woeful levels of misunderstanding of where our community as a whole sits with the police. I've heard several of you say that the police don't pose a threat to LGBT people, because we've made "progress." "The bathhouse raids were 35 years ago. Everything is fine now between LGBT people and the police!" is how the argument goes, as if conflict between police and LGBT people is a thing of the past. What you mean to say is that your battle for your rights (which did not include an agenda for LGBT people of colour) was already hard fought decades ago.
In Tuesday's apology, Pride stressed its commitment to following through on its pledges to Black Lives Matter.
The group is making the request in solidarity with Black Lives Matter Toronto.
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"We recognize that BLM TO is an irreplaceable part of our community."
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"I want to make it very clear to Mayor Tory that we are not interested in politicking back and forth with him."
Black Lives Matter Toronto says the vitriol demonstrates the racism it is trying to combat with its actions.
More than 11,000 marchers flooded the streets in support of the trans, Two Spirit and genderqueer communities.