Pride Parade Bans Uniformed Law Enforcement Officers From Marching

Pride Toronto members have voted to exclude the city's police force from the 2019 Pride parade.

Toronto, CAN – Pride Toronto members have voted to exclude uniformed law enforcement officers from participating in this year’s Pride parade.

Just three months ago, the group accepted an application from Toronto police to march in the annual parade, The Star reported.

It was the first time uniformed officers gained approval to participate in the city event since 2016, when Black Lives Matter (BLM) members caused a disturbance at the parade to level allegations of police brutality against LGBTQS communities, according to Tonight.

BLM blocked the parade route and issued a multitude of demands, to include kicking police floats and cruisers out of the lineup, The Canadian Press reported.

Pride Toronto excluded law enforcement officers from the parade in 2017 due to alleged concerns about racial profiling, and kept them out again in 2018 because members believed police had not taken the disappearance of several gay men seriously enough.

According to The Canadian Press, police arrested 66-year-old Bruce McArthur on eight counts of murder with regards to those disappearances.

Pride Toronto lifted the ban in October of 2018, resulting in backlash from many of its members, according to Tonight.

During a special general meeting at Ryerson University on Tuesday night, Pride Toronto members voted 163 to 161 to ban uniformed law enforcement officers once again, The Star reported.

The membership nearly doubled in the 48 hours prior to the vote being held, Pride Toronto member Akio Maroon told The Star.

“I am a little bit shocked about that and I know that there are people who have been waiting to qualify to vote for a very long time,” Maroon added. “So, it seems weird.”

No Pride in Policing Coalition member Gary Kinsman, who also participated in the vote, boasted that his group was still able to keep police out of the parade, despite the last-minute addition of new members to the voting list.

The ban is supposed to last for two years, but Kinsman said the group amended that requirement so that another vote can be held sooner if members think it is appropriate to do so.

“For many people in our community, to have [police] present as an organized force in Pride would actually create unsafe situations,” Kinsman declared. “Pride is for us, the LGBT people, not the police.”

Toronto Mayor John Tory voiced his disagreement with the outcome of the vote during a press conference on Wednesday.

“I think that the inclusion of police in Pride for 2019 would be a positive step for a positive, beloved event,” Tory said. “But much more, it would be a sign of the good faith on the overall picture.”

Tory said he will continue to do everything he can to help prevent the city from becoming “divided and polarized” due to this issue.

“We must not let happen…on this issue or a host of other issues, the kind of polarization that we see elsewhere,” he added.

He noted that Pride Toronto organizers tried to compel their members to include law enforcement officers in the communitywide event, and that they – and the citizens – shouldn’t blindly “accept” the outcome of the vote.

“Division is the enemy to be wary of here, for everybody,” the mayor said.

Toronto police seemed to take the latest expulsion in stride, and said that they “remain committed to maintaining a dialogue with Pride Toronto as well as the larger LGBTQS community to deliver policing services that are inclusive and responsive to the needs of the community regardless of the outcome of one particular vote or event,” The Canadian Press reported.

Comments (33)
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IamFubar
IamFubar

Well..isn't that just so "tolerant" of them?

La Migra
La Migra

Hahaha...what pride?...the transgender, will be next group to be kicked out...just wait and see...hahaha

merlin9
merlin9

Just cancel the damn parade

Sargejh
Sargejh

Typical left intolerant reaction. Burn bridges instead of building them.

negolien
negolien

Fk them tell em to get crackhead to protect their gay parade.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

For some fucking group demanding not to be discriminated against, they sure are a bunch of discriminating assholes. But, if the police decided to not participate if asked or refused to provide security, then all of a sudden “the police are prejudiced against gays” fucking double standard assholes. Yes pun intended.

Sailor
Sailor

Funny how these groups justify their own exclusiveness, divisiveness, and hate.

VGC
VGC

Tell them to police themselves. All these butthurt people better learn if they want to be accepted they better stop the hate 🤬

ManBearPig
ManBearPig

I can see how most cops are little pussies I can see how they are upset

61mouse
61mouse

Wow bet all LWOa are going to be loosing sleep over this.

61mouse
61mouse

Can you imagine if the LEOs refuse to be in their RAINBOW parade

Grog
Grog

Such tolerance!

Skidoo
Skidoo

For people who refer to themselves as 'gay' they sure seem to be a miserable lot.

K9ndn
K9ndn

Kind of tells you about these peoples true feelings and mentality about law enforcement. They treated LE in Oklahoma for years so they wanted and demanded protection of coarse during there parade. We charged them $75 a hour per officer for that protection due to it being a non- mandatory event. The botched and moaned so we charged them $125 a hour the next year. We don’t have to deal with this crap. Sad they treat there own type of people like this as well.

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Intolerant scumbags. Rather typical of leftist socialist democrats

NickyJ
NickyJ

Who cares if the police are in the parade they are just as proud as any one else in the parade. They really need to calm down an enjoy their day

cwblue
cwblue

So like do they think LGBT officers don’t exist? Cuz that’s some bs

Momof4
Momof4

Next time these people need a police officer dont respond. The mentality and attitude of these people are just disgusting towards law enforcement. These men and women put their lives on the line every day.

tfort
tfort

Just march out of uniform. You are proud of who you are, not proud of a uniform.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

I’m just saying. If they really aren’t trying to segregate themselves, then why do you they (gays, LGBT etc. whatever their case may be) feel they have to boast about being how they are? Why a parade? Why have a flag? I don’t see a “straight” parade happening every year? I don’t see people walking around with signs saying “straight and proud of it”? If you are who you are then fine. No one cares, by fighting for such a cause, such a day, such a parade, they are segregating themselves by doing so. It really doesn’t matter who or what lifestyle you live, you don’t have to throw it in people’s faces by walking down the street waving flags, half cut shorts, holding hands etc. And this lost is nothing against gays LGBT, whatever, it’s about the principle of the situation and how it’s carried out. So what if they are LE, Fire or EMT. Just be happy that person gay or not, stepped up to take on such thankless jobs and is remaining their lives to save yours. Plain and simple.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

The all inclusive, equal rights for all, LEFT doing what they do best--showing how hypocritical they are!

Katarina
Katarina

A group that doesn't want to be discriminated against wants to discriminate against another group. I'm sure every last cop in the country is losing sleep over it...not! The hypocrisy is laughable. It is merely a petty way to get attention for themselves.

Suz
Suz

Hope they need the police and they don’t show up!!!😡 BEYOND SICK OF THIS KIND OF BS!!!