Duly Quoted: Black Lives Matter, on Response to Pride Protest

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Duly Quoted: Black Lives Matter, on Response to Pride Protest

The group reminded the public of Pride's political roots.

“Pride is political. It always has been, and it always will be. There can be no Pride if trans people, Black liberation, Indigenous struggle aren’t central.”

—In a press conference this morning, Rinaldo Walcott, the director of the Women and Gender Studies program at the University of Toronto, stood with Black Lives Matter in defence of the group’s protest during last weekend’s Pride Parade. During the protest, Pride Toronto executive director Mathieu Chantelois signed a list of nine demands from the group, including a call to ban Toronto Police from marching in the parade. Since then, Chantelois told media he will not uphold the demands without community input, and says he has not agreed to exclude police floats from the parade.

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