Canada gave me my real voice.
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You came into my life nearly five years ago at a time when I was struggling to find my true self in a homophobic Caribbean region.
It's the same day as Toronto's own Pride Parade.
Last year, police said they would play a "less visible role'' at the Pride parade.
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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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Pride organizers say the festival "will go on no matter what."
I'm not sure who is advising the Black Lives Matter Toronto chapter. Social justice should be about resolving issues that exist and preventing new ones from popping up. Regressive justice and the approach of BLMTO seems to be creating division. They're stepping on others and provoking controversy. Making such outlandish commentary and actions, they become their own worst enemy.
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Halifax Regional Police says the decision was made after several months of discussions with Halifax Pride.
The recent Pride Toronto decision to honour all of Black Lives Matter Toronto's (BLMTO) demands for more inclusiveness has caused quite a stir, partially due to one of the requests being the "exclusion of uniformed police officers marching in the parade."
Members voted to adopt a list of demands put forward by the local chapter of Black Lives Matter.
"I was overwhelmed by the presence of the prime minister next to me."
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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.
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In fact, BLMTO is doing something no other group or society has ever done -- centering a Black experience, instead of excluding it. BLMTO looks to put its efforts into elevating and putting forward the issues of Black folks because no one else is -- and this is important and necessary.
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“It’s so offensive and absurd that anyone would consider that not family friendly."
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For 30 minutes they held up a parade born from the outrage over the ignorance, intolerance, bigotry, abuse and hate LGBTQ people have experienced for being who they were born to be. If we learned anything at all, it should be that we remain silent as they speak, compassionate as they cry and outraged as they share.
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A protest at Toronto Pride led by Black Lives Matter has blurred the lines between party and protest.
"I want to make it very clear to Mayor Tory that we are not interested in politicking back and forth with him."
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Toronto Pride has come so far!
For as long as I can remember, being black and gay was like the biggest crime one could commit in my community. It didn't matter where you were born, the culture was one that saw black churches openly bashing homosexuality and parents disowning their children, leaving them on the streets to survive however they could. Fast forward to 2016, and the black LGBTQ community is growing by the minute and more and more black gay men and women are embracing who they are without apology. Here's what pride means to us.
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This year's Pride Parade will be dedicated to the victims of the Orlando shooting.
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The only banner I have seen from the Dyke March is one that said "Free Palestine". Do we really want to spend legal fees chasing this one? I suggest we'll spend at least $300,000 trying to prove that there was hate speech at this event.
Rob Ford has lost an opportunity here to show that he is the mayor of all the people. He had said on the night of his election, "To the people that didn't vote for me I will work hard to earn your trust and I will deliver the change you can be proud of." I hope he changes his mind.