Toronto police were able to participate in last year's Pride parade, but that won't be the case this year after a vote of 163-161 determined that members of the police force will be banned from this year's parade. The narrow loss for the police received an overall positive response from parade-goers. But, a surprising amount of Torontonians are also against it.

READ MORE: This Canadian Woman Is Giving Her $1.7 Million Home To Whoever Can Write Her The Best Letter

The results follow the news of a confidential document distributed by organizers to the event's participants. The contents infer that the police were invited last year due to funding issues. The document read: 

"In 2018, the political climate changed, and Pride Toronto's position on the participation of the Toronto Police had to come under reconsideration, as it became clear that while our funding arrangements in the past could withstand our policy on police participation, our future funding could not,".

This year clearly tells a different story, and many Torontonians aren't happy about it: 

The results of this year's vote indicate that the LGBTQ+ community is equally as divided on the subject. With many wanting to practice what the event means to preach, being equality and inclusion. While others have trouble giving the police the green light, considering the ongoing issues with police that members of the LGBTQ+ community and people of colour continue to face. Tensions reached a high point last year after the Church-Wellesley Village disappearances and the Bruce McArthur case. 

@pridetorontoembedded via  

Since the announcement of the vote, Toronto police have released a statement claiming 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."

@torontopoliceembedded via  

While the police won't be allowed to bring a float for the parade or wear their uniforms if they want to join, they can still involve themselves in pride, they just have to be out of uniform. It will definitely be interesting to see how the police's absence impacts this year's parade and whether it will affect attendance. 

Source: CBC News 

Comments are now closed.
Account Settings
Share Feedback
Log Out

Register this device to receive push notifications