Unity & Inclusion (U&I) demonstration and fundraising letter

On 2017.03.15, a newish group, Unity & Inclusion Toronto, held a demonstration at Pride Toronto headquarters.

Later, U&I issued a fundraising letter (PDF). Mildly edited text thereof: Continue reading “Unity & Inclusion (U&I) demonstration and fundraising letter”

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Pride board candidate bios (2017)

Pride Toronto tardily released bios for candidates for its board. Some number of them – though possibly none – will be elected at the annual general meeting (AGM) on 2017.01.17.

Pride Toronto presented these bios in an untagged PDF that could not correctly associate two black candidates’ names and photographs.

Page of text has two photos in mismatched places

How terribly embarrassing. It’s as if Pride Toronto were completely inept at document production (also cannot tell two black gay males apart). Continue reading “Pride board candidate bios (2017)”

Yes, Pride Toronto has been recruiting a new executive director

Since November 9 at the latest, in fact.

Pride Toronto’s “statement” after the August 30 town-hall meeting told us this:

In the near term, Pride Toronto must begin the DRP process, working with BLMTO to present their concerns, appointing officers, and providing all feedback received to date on the issue for consideration. We will recruit a new Executive Director to the organization, using what we’ve heard to inform the search.

The thing to focus on there is not that Pride is actively helping Black Lives Matter Toronto file a complaint under what is supposedly an arm’s-length process. It is Pride’s insistence on going full steam ahead to hire a new executive director. Mark Smith is among those who have questioned why such a person is even necessary, especially given how badly the last few executive directors have turned out. Continue reading “Yes, Pride Toronto has been recruiting a new executive director”

Black Lives Matter’s demands

As seen in a badly typeset and equally badly copy-edited printout and listed in a press release. Those versions are different, but both unequivocally call for “Removal of police floats in the Pride marches/parades.”

BLM demands (press-release version)

  1. Commit to BQY[’s] (Black Queer Youth[’s]) continued space (including stage/tents), funding, and logistical support.
  2. Self-determination for all community spaces, allowing community full control over hiring, content, and structure of their stages.
  3. Full and adequate funding for community stages, including logistical, technical, and personnel support.
  4. Double funding for Blockorama (to $13,000 + ASL interpretation & headliner funding).
  5. Reinstate and make a commitment to increase community stages/spaces (including the reinstatement of the South Asian stage).
  6. Removal of police floats in the Pride marches/parades.
  7. A public town hall, organized in conjunction with groups from marginalized communities, including, but not limited to, Black Lives Matter Toronto, Blackness Yes, and BQY to be held six months from today. Pride Toronto will present an update and action plan on the aforementioned demands.

BLM demands (handout version)

BLMv Black Lives Matter demands (handout)

  1. Commit to BQY[’s] (Black Queer Youth[’s]) continued space (including stage/tents), funding, and logistical support.
  2. Self-determination for all community spaces, allowing community full control over hiring, content, and structure of their stages.
  3. Full and adequate funding for community stages, including logistical, technical, and personnel support.
  4. Increase funding for Blockorama (to $10,000 plus ASL interpretation and headliner funding).
  5. Removal of police floats in the Pride marches/parades.
  6. Reinstate and make a commitment to increase community stages/spaces (including the reinstatement of the South Asian stage).
  7. A public town hall, organized in conjunction with groups from marginalized communities, including, but not limited to, Black Lives Matter Toronto, Blackness Yes, and BQY, to be held six months from today. Pride Toronto will present an update and action plan on the aforementioned demands.

Notes

Six months from the Pride-parade date puts that town hall on Friday, February 3. I’m sure everyone will be alert and ready to talk about Gay Pride on that day right after New Year’s and in the dead of winter.

Note that it’s illegal under the Ontario Human Rights Code to request to a service provider to provide staff who meet a certain racial classification. (Very precisely, it would be illegal for the service provider to comply with that request.) Some exceptions that exist under the Code do not apply here. So BLM’s demand for more black interpreters is not gonna happen.