While Toronto’s Pride Parade is held hostage by over zealous activists and a fresh faced Toronto Pride Committee that hasn’t have the wherewithal do deal with the problems they’ve inherited, our (mostly) beloved Toronto Police Department fate still floats in limbo.
Can they or can’t they attend Pride in Toronto? Yes they can, as long as they don’t self identify by wearing a uniform.
Boo. That sucks.
Okay, I get where BLMT is coming from, but the path they’re choosing to get their point across seems to be hurting more than helping ease racial tension and discrimination in our troubled city. In fact, I fear it’s making it worse.
So, along comes the Gay Officers Action League of NYC. In a letter sent to Toronto police on Friday, GOAL requested permission for uniformed TPS officers to join uniformed members of the NYPD Marching band and color guard in the June 25 Pride March in New York City.
The New York City event is the same day as Toronto’s own Pride Parade.
So. What do we think?
Should Toronto Police take advantage of the invitation and just boycott Toronto Pride the way Toronto Pride and BLMT are boycotting them? How would the city look/feel with an obvious lack of presence as our city hosts over a million ‘welcome’ visitors? Will you feel safe and secure if the police aren’t in Toronto for Pride?
photo credit: AP Photo/Craig Ruttle