Statement by Cheri DiNovo and Ontario NDP

From DiNovo’s Facebook, July 6 (capitalization in original).

In Solidarity With Black Lives Matter

The LGBTQ Committee of the Ontario New Democratic Party and the party’s LGBTQ critic, Cheri DiNovo, stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter Toronto (BLMTO). We want to express our concern for the alarming amounts of hateful speech that BLMTO has been a target of since their nonviolent direct action during Sunday’s Toronto Pride parade. We recognize that BLMTO is an irreplaceable part of our community and represents voices of those who have been marginalized and excluded for too long.

Although many people primarily participate in Pride as a celebration, it is inherently political. Historically, our communities came together and organized for safer spaces for all of us. Black drag queens and Black Trans and queer folks were some of the original organizers of Prides across the world. It came as little surprise that BLMTO was the Honoured Group at this year’s Toronto Pride, as they have been a continued voice for Black queer and Trans people – a voice that has repeatedly been shut out of queer and Trans spaces.

The nonviolent direct action undertaken by BLMTO at the Pride parade was a warranted taking up of space. The BLMTO contingent reminded Pride of its original roots – as a community-driven march that represented marginalized people.

We want to thank BLMTO for their hard work. We are proud to stand, sit (in) and march in solidarity with you.

In solidarity,

  • The LGBTQ Committee of the Ontario NDP

  • MPP Cheri DiNovo, Ontario NDP LGBTQ critic

“Black drag queens and Black Trans and queer folks were some of the original organizers of Prides across the world” is a reference to Stonewall, which was not led by any group so described.

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