Pride Toronto bent over backwards for Black Lives Matter-Toronto (BLM) and instigated a highly-controversial ban on police involvement in the June 25 parade, because apparently, some members of the LGBTQ community find the police presence in the parade “threatening” and “intimidating.”
So said Pride executive director, Olivia Nuamah at City Hall on May 7.
We all knew that the so-called “intimidated” were the same BLM bullies who hijacked last year’s parade and their ragtag group of fringe leftist supporters who have swallowed the “intersectionality…I’m more oppressed than you” Kool-Aid.
However, Nuamah also made it clear that the sight of Toronto police in uniform protecting BLMers and other marchers was not the least bit intimidating and least of all, the idea of having that $500,000-plus protection being provided free of charge to Pride.
The decision, naturally, has divided Toronto’s LGBTQ community and that — coupled with the lack of public support of the police by Mayor John Tory — many councillors and absolute silence by our lesbian Premier has led many to opt to boycott this year’s parade.
Instead, several Toronto police officers have opted to take up New York City up on their offer to march in their parade on June 25.
After a day-long debate at council a week ago, 27 councillors and Mayor John Tory caved completely and rejected the notion of withholding this year’s $260,000 grant to Pride until officials agreed to allow at least a few police march in uniform.
And what has BLM done? Slapping everyone who kowtowed to them in the face — they’ve opted not to march this year.
I repeat, the group at the centre of this inane maelstrom, will not be marching in the parade on June 25.
“I want you to work with me to ensure that Toronto maintains its reputation as a place of inclusion and leadership on LGBTQ issues,” he told those who gathered on the City Hall rooftop podium.
Pride co-chairman Alica Hall actually had the audacity to tell us that what happened at last year’s Pride parade (when Black Lives Matter — Toronto hijacked the parade for 30 minutes) was a “catalyst” for conversations.
Those conversations were about — get this — “belonging” and “inclusion,” she said with a straight face (while new Pride executive director Olivia Nuamah hid out at the back of the crowd).
Lesbian leftist Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam — and self-appointed activist for the Toronto’s LGBTQ community — also talked repeatedly about “togetherness,” along with her favorite buzzwords, “hyper-diversity” and “intersectionality.”
In fact, she used her lefty-speak more than once, I guess, to pound us over the head that there are some LGBTQ groups that are more oppressed than others. Or something like that. Not that she or Hall dared mention BLM, the group that has forced the edict that the Toronto Police (and by extension police forces all over Ontario) are not allowed to march in uniform in the June 25 Pride parade.
“Pride is political … Pride is intersectional,” she said.
(For those who are not familiar with the latest leftist-speak on campuses and among the fringe element, intersectionality is about intersecting social identities who share systems of oppression, domination, or discrimination.)
The (mostly leftist) hypocrites on council (a much smaller crowd than in years gone by) who voted not to defund Pride all smiled and cheered, happy in the knowledge that they are “intersectionally-aware” while throwing the Toronto police under the bus (until they need them, of course.)
Councillor Janet Davis even kissed Wong-Tam after the flag-raising to show her support, or something like that.
Inclusion, what inclusion? How do any of them have the unmitigated gall to mention the word when they’ve excluded Toronto’s police force — both gay and straight officers — and by extension, all police forces with gay officers and who support LGBTQ issues around Ontario.
Either out of sheer arrogance or hypocrisy or gall or blatant disregard for doing what’s right, these pathetic excuses for allegedly tolerant gays and their supporters have turned this year’s Pride into a sham — a circus and one that is sure to embarrass Toronto around the world. How could it not, with our cops ready to take New York City up on its offer to have them march in uniform on the same day as our parade?
Any parade that extolls one’s choice of sexual lifestyle should never be entertained, period.
Having said that, let this train wreck happen. Don’t take sides. Let the intersectioned whiny-pants duke it out in their own perverse way. They couldn’t get any more ridiculous.
And when (not if) a lone wolf plows through their festive group-hug of inclusivity, they will further shove their craniums into a particular orifice rather than admit that they were ever self-absorbed and wrong.
Preschool teacher is caught on camera spewing obscenities to Black Lives Matter demonstrators
What the actual f*(k is wrong with these people? It’s a serious question. I’m actually asking. Is it lead poisoning? Too much coffee? Did aliens implant chips in them? Were their mothers smoking crack every day throughout pregnancy? It’s got to be something.
Seriously, why doesn’t this guy just declare that the Death Star will be operational once the rebels reach Endor?
One leaked memo highlighted the goal of expanding the U.S. electorate by “at least 10 million voters.” The document, reviewed by the Free Beacon, revealed this policy aim would be accomplished “by lowering barriers to voter registration through the various forms of modernization and increased ballot access while sustaining and expanding the franchise by establishing strong protections against vote suppression, denial and dilution.” Indeed, Soros-financed activists have been leading the drive against Voter ID laws. …
Other hacked memos show Soros and his foundation helped to successfully press the Obama administration into increasing to 100,000 the total number of refugees taken in by the U.S. annually. …
A 75-page Open Society Foundations U.S. Programs memo discussed how to “influence” Justices in the Supreme Court case of U.S. versus Texas, which dealt with the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program. …
One hacked document from 2015 confirmed that Open Society last year approved $650,000 to “invest in technical assistance and support for the groups at the core of the burgeoning #BlackLivesMatter movement.” …
Black Lives Matter Toronto (BLMTO) briefly shut down the intersection of Yonge and Dundas to demand justice in the death of Ottawa’s Abdirahman Abdi.
Abdi, 37, died after what witnesses have said was a violent arrest on July 24. Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is now investigating two Ottawa police constables in connection with Abdi’s death and both have been suspended with pay.
Vaguely related – service dogs wounded in Missouri shooting spree:
Comfort dogs have become a familiar sight for communities and families ravaged by gun violence. This weekend, they became inadvertent victims.
Two golden retrievers from a Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog unit and their human handlers were among those wounded in a random shooting spree in Joplin, Mo., on Saturday morning, officials say.
A van carrying the dogs had just left Immanuel Lutheran Church in Joplin shortly after 5 a.m. when it was hit by gunfire from a suspect police were pursuing.
The church van’s driver, Kenneth Eby, received multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the chest; Heidi Gustin, who was riding in the back seat, was struck in the arm. Both were transported to a hospital where they underwent surgery. Eby is listed in critical but stable condition; Gustin is in serious but stable condition.
A third passenger, Karen Mech, sustained cuts from shrapnel, police said. Her injuries were considered minor.
The dogs — Jackson and Louie — were also struck by gunfire. Jackson was grazed in the flap of his ear, while Louie took a bullet in his neck. Louie underwent surgery to remove the slug and is now recovering.
Full 10 minute video here. h/t RAMA44
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A musician going by Sima on Twitter, tweeted to the group saying “Tried to buy a shirt & make a donation. I was refused service at the @BLM_TO booth at @PrideToronto because I’m white.” He also tagged the state broadcaster in the post, hoping for media attention from the CBC.
The official Black Lives Matter Toronto account responded with, “As our volunteer told you, our movement shirts are for Black-identified folks…”
Alternate title of this post: “Why All Of This Is a Bunch of Bunk”
forced exercise in depravity gay pride parade was hijacked by Black Lives Matter activists and it prompted a homosexual police officer to pen a letter expressing his disgust that Pride Toronto gave the movement honoured group status:
Dear Pride Toronto,
I am writing today to address concerns I have with your recent agreement with Black Lives Matter TO. I am particularly concerned with your willingness to remove all police floats and booths in future parades and community spaces. I should give you my background first.
I am a Toronto Police Service Constable, and a homosexual. I have been on the job eight years. Prior to becoming a Police Officer, I served in the Canadian Armed Forces and completed a tour in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2006-07.
I never “came out” while serving in the military. Though not for fear of persecution, I only told a select few about my orientation. I was still quite young and was simply not ready.
It wasn’t until 2012 that I decided to come out. I began to tell a few peers at work, and soon word spread. I can say with absolute pride that my peers, and my employers/senior management, have never made an inappropriate comment to me. I have never been made to feel discriminated against.
This year, 2016, marked a first for me. My first Pride parade. I would be working, nonetheless it would be my first one in any capacity. Wow, what an event. What a spectacle, a joining of everyone.
The 2016 pride events really opened my eyes to something. The support that I have from my peers and supervisors has been unwavering. When I saw all those floats and officers marching (hundreds), I realized that my employer fully supports this part of me, and so many others like me. As I stood post at Yonge and College, ensuring a safe atmosphere, Chief Mark Saunders came up to me. I had the opportunity to salute him, and I knew that I had a leader who was invested in this celebration of Pride.
LGBTQ cops have struggled for decades. I am fortunate, because it is their struggles in the past, that have made my orientation an irrelevant factor in my workplace interactions. Members of police services, and their employers (like RBC, Telus, Porter, etc.) have just as much right to participate as any other group.
Police officers are significantly represented in the LGBTQ community and it would be unacceptable to alienate and discriminate against them and those who support them. They too struggled to gain a place and workplace free from discrimination and bias.
I do not speak for the police, and I do not speak for the LGBTQ community. I speak as an individual, one who saw his first Pride, only to be excluded from the next.
Exclusion does not promote inclusion.
How about for the refreshing honesty of it all, this cop should just admit that this bold act of extortion overshadowed another bloated display of vulgarity and self-importance.
Is that too much to ask?
Identity politics has devolved the human race into tribes with competing interests, in this case who can be the biggest, whiniest blowhards who make spectacles of themselves while they argue who should be given more attention.
I would like post an older article from the Huffington Post (yes, I know) that – in graphic terms – gives one a good idea what happens when one vocal group of exhibitionists does not get their way:
(Sidebar: NSFW or younger viewers – bad language.)
(Full article here)
This is why I say sit back and watch the train wreck that is leftists shredding one another unfold before one’s eyes. Neither party cares about “inclusion”. They do care deeply about who gets the limelight.
A leader of the Black Lives Matter movement warns that activists are prepared to protest the platform at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next month, citing the congressional sit-in on the House floor last week over gun control as a possible model.
No Justice, No Peace No Constitutional Carry, No Peace