Statement from Pride Toronto

From its Facebook, “July 4 at 6:15pm”:

Pride Toronto would like to thank everyone for participating in our history-making, first-ever Pride Month. Thank you for coming to sit with us and taking part in a safe and successful Pride.

We are committed to creating a safe and inclusive festival for everyone and hearing from our whole community and stakeholders, including the most marginalized voices, on how to do so.

Pride Toronto never agreed to exclude police services from the Pride parade. Law enforcement are critical to ensuring a safe festival and parade. Toronto Police will continue to lead security planning for future parades and we thank them for their efforts. We have had, and will continue to have, discussions with the police about the nature of their involvement as parade participants.

This August, Pride Toronto will host a public town hall to gather feedback about the 2016 festival. In advance of the meeting, we invite you to share your thoughts by contacting cochairs@pridetoronto.com.

We look forward to hearing from you[.]

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