toronto pride parade
The relationship between the organization and police has been tense for the last two years.
Toronto Pride has come so far!
This weekend people who hate us all plan to march proudly to show their contempt, disregarding all we do, all we risk and who we love.
You have to watch at least one parade.
About 80 per cent of the department's Pride contingent will walk in T-shirts, while another 20 per cent will be in uniform.
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.
Pride organizers say the festival "will go on no matter what."
A Black Lives Matter spokesperson said the police are trying to "flip the narrative."
This was a missed opportunity to address the lack of great strides with the black members of the LGBTQ community, and black Torontonians as a whole. Once police make some progress on the"much to do" promise, which means actually working to reduce systemic racism in a real and meaningful way, then they can "decide" to rejoin the Pride Parade.