Here’s some pictures of last week’s Pride Parade in Toronto. My photography skills has eroded because I don’t use my camera regularly. I was standing in a mixture of sun and shadows which confused me. I also didn’t set the aperture and ISO properly to freeze the marchers. There were quite a few blurred pictures. My conclusion… I need a new camera.
1. Marching for Orlando. It was touching to see the names of the victims from the recent Orlando shooting. They marched for those who can’t.
2. The only good picture I have of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. You can see a bit of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne just in front of the woman in yellow and Toronto Mayor John Tory at the right side of the picture. I got more pictures of the security guarding Trudeau.
3. The lady in red?
4. From the folks at Fido (telecommunications company).
5. The guys from Trojan condoms. Those abs…
6. Colourful hat
7. I agree!
9. I like ramen… it’s the only reason I took this photo. From Touhenboku Ramen.
10. There were marchers from universities and colleges too. Here are some of the Engineering students from the University of Waterloo.
11. This guy needs to get some chow mein and fried rice in his diet.
There has been a lot written about the 30 minute delay in the parade caused by Black Lives Matter. They were invited to march in the parade as an honored group. They held a sit in during the parde and didn’t move until Pride agreed to their demands. Their demands included more support and funding for black LGBTQ community including hiring more blacks, restoring funding for more activities and better support for events during pride. They argue that black queers continue to be marginalized even by Pride. They also demanded the removal of police floats from future Pride parades. There were a lot of police marchers and volunteers in the parade – a far cry from what relationship was like years ago. There’s a decent summary of some of the articles here by Advocate. Since the parade, BLM has faced a lot of criticism as well as support. I wish BLM would have handled this differently. I think their message got lost in their protest. Pride signed off on their demands. The next day they said they did this so the parade would get going again.
Others have argued the original Pride parades were protest marches and we shouldn’t forget the roots. BLM is just reminding us that there is still a lot of work to be done. It’s a complex issue and it’ll be interesting to see how the Pride committee handles this.