VIDEO: Black Lives Matter Advocates Go Head-to-Head with Pride Toronto

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VIDEO: Black Lives Matter Advocates Go Head-to-Head with Pride Toronto

The organization's town hall served as a venue for frustrated community members to speak their minds.

Keira Grant was among speakers at the town hall.

Keira Grant was among speakers at the town hall.

Tensions ran high as Pride Toronto and several members of LGBTQ communities and allies met at a town hall at Ada Slaight Hall in Regent Park on Tuesday night, addressing the role of the Toronto Police in the annual parade. Speakers took turns addressing Pride in an open-mic format, and did not shy away from criticizing the organization’s stance on the issue.

The meeting comes after grassroots organization Black Lives Matter stopped the parade in July, demanding that Pride remove Toronto Police from participating in future years. The demands were signed by then-executive director Mathieu Chantelois, who later suggested he would not uphold the promise.

Below the cut, watch what speakers had to say at the meeting.

For more from the town hall, check out our liveblog.

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