Pride Toronto backs down on decision to censor group at 2010 Pride Parade
For Immediate Release - June 23, 2010
TORONTO - Queers Against Israeli Apartheid congratulates Toronto's LGBT community for successfully reversing censorship at the 2010 Pride Parade. Pride Toronto announced today that it would not censor the term ‘Israeli apartheid' from the parade.
"This is a victory for the Palestine solidarity movement, which has faced censorship and bullying tactics from the Israel lobby for far too long," says Tim McCaskell, a member of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid. "The Israel lobby learned a tough lesson today about our community's proud history of standing up to censorship and human rights abuses."
Marxism 2010: As Pride Toronto bans the term "Israeli Apartheid" from this year's march, Christine Beckermann looks back on the radical roots of the gay liberation movement, and how the rights we have today didn't come without a fight -- or without radical politics.
This summer will mark the 30th anniversary of the Pride Day celebrations in Toronto. For young people who may be heading out to their first Pride, it would be easy to think that the history of the struggle for LGBT rights has been an onward and upward advance of rational ideas over bigotry and hatred; that through reasoned argument, society and the state have come to accept the case for equal rights.
The 2013 Capital Pride Festival features some 75 other events, including an expanded youth schedule. A full list of events and the parade route can be found at www.capitalpride.ca.
The Capital Pride Festival runs Aug. 16 to 25, with the parade happening on the final day.