- At Pride Toronto's annual general meeting, members voted to exclude police floats from future Pride parades.
This debate started last summer when Black Lives Matter advocates stopped Pride celebrations to raise awareness about the fight against police brutality and black lives around the world.
- Several requests were made by Black Lives Matter, including equal funding for Black Queer Youth and minority groups, and banning police floats from the parade to keep the Toronto Pride Parade a safe place for everyone.
- At the time of the Black Lives Matter protest an openly gay police officer Const. Chuck Krangle of the Toronto Police department, wrote an open letter expressing concern with the demands of the Black Lives Matter group.
- Some may see the ban against police floats as a step in the right direction, but the vote has caused some tension for those in favour of keeping police floats at the marches.
- Those living in the Toronto downtown core have even gone as far as saying that removing police from the parade makes members more vulnerable.
- The Pride Parade's main mission is to be inclusive of everyone. Does this ban against police participation interfere with that message?
- While Pride Toronto voted to be more inclusive of minority groups and hiring more community workers, it looks as though police will have to take a backseat during future Pride parades.
- President of the Toronto Police Association, Mike McCormack, expressed his disappointment following the news.