In a move designed to rob Rob of a pretext to defund Pride, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid announced on their website this morning that they would not be marching in the Pride parade this year, thereby disarming critics on city council who had threatened to pull the City’s funding from Pride if QuAIA made an appearance. From their statement:
Rob Ford wants to use us as an excuse to cut Pride funding, even though he has always opposed funding the parade, long before we showed up…By holding our Pride events outside of the parade, we are forcing him to make a choice: fund Pride or have your real homophobic, right-wing agenda exposed.
Immediately after the announcement, Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West) said that he will not, as he had previously stated, move a motion to defund Pride, though now he is reportedly backtracking, seeking further assurances that QuAIA will not take part in any way in the annual festival.
Last year Pride received approximately $120,000 in funding from the City. In response to the controversy surrounding QuAIA, they have created a new dispute resolution process “to provide an objective and transparent mechanism to resolve complaints about the participation of any individual(s) or group(s) in the Pride Parade or Marches.”