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PrideToronto & Police Policy

Rolyn Chambers

Thank you to the Pride Toronto Board for FINALLY clarifying that police are indeed allowed in the parade.

It only took them 5 months. This is what we as the official membership voted. We did NOT vote to exclude them as individuals. Only their booths and floats. However I would ask why the Board would then say in the same breath that they "request" that officers not be in uniform. Although I agree (as an individual) that this year it would be great if police didn't wear official uniforms with guns, for the Pride Board to request this is not only confusing it could be seen as a betrayal of the vote. By the Pride Board saying this on behalf of the membership then makes this "request" somehow official and somehow the official policy and stance of Pride Toronto. It is not. Which is why we have still to this day, incorrect headlines in the Toronto Star (for instance) that reads, "Toronto Police Allowed In Pride Parade But Not In Uniform." Sorry this was not what was voted on and the Pride Toronto Board should not be adding additional wording.

Police can be in the parade. Period.

Pride Toronto Board, you've already messed up how this vote was seen.

Clean it up properly.

Rolyn is Social Columnist for Daily Xtra!

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