Black Lives Matter Claims Victory After Halting Toronto Pride Parade



Black Lives Matter's move to halt Toronto's Pride parade Sunday while the group protested police involvement in events may have been controversial, but change is uncomfortable, a group spokesperson said.

Black Lives Matter staged a sit-in midway through the massive parade and made a series of demands that were eventually agreed to by Pride Toronto's leaders, who were caught offguard by the protest. The demands included removing Toronto police floats and booths in Pride marches, parades and community events.

The parade — which included Justin Trudeau as the first sitting prime minister to join the march — resumed after about a half-hour delay.  –





Janaya Khan, a spokesperson for Black Lives Matter, told CBC Radio's Metro Morning that allowing the police to march in the parade made some communities feel unsafe, and contributed to the event's "anti-blackness."

The group issued a clear statement after its demands were met: "We shut it down. We won."

"We didn't halt the parade, we made progress in the parade," Khan said. 

Alicia Hall, co-chair of Pride Toronto, said her organization will meet with Toronto police to discuss the force's participation in any future festivities. The police chief frequently marches in the parade along with dozens of officers, including some who are part of the LBGT community

Protest not surprising, Pride Toronto says

Hall said she was disappointed that Black Lives Matter didn't notify organizers about the demonstration. 

In February, Pride Toronto invited Black Lives Matter to help lead the parade, praising the group for its fierce protests about how police in the city treat black people — specifically, the practice of carding and the shooting death of Andrew Loku. The Toronto father of five was killed by police on July 5, 2015 near Eglinton Avenue West and Caledonia Road. Black Lives Matter has been highly critical of the Special Investigation Unit and the fact only parts of the SIU's report into Loku's death were released. 

Speaking about the Pride parade Sunday, Hall said, "I can't say I was shocked" about what happened. 

Hall said she doesn't feel Pride Toronto lost by siding with Black Lives Matter. Instead, she called it "a moment of progress."

Mathieu Chantelois, Pride Toronto's executive director, used a black feather pen to sign the group's list of demands, which also included a commitment to increase representation among Pride Toronto staff and to better support black events during Pride. 

Gay police officer criticizes move

Pride's decision to meet the demands has already been met with criticism.

Chuck Krangle, a Toronto police constable who is gay, wrote an open letter to the organization that concludes: "Exclusion does not promote inclusion."

Krangle said seeing hundreds of police officers walking in the Pride parade was an eye-opening experience.

"I realized that my employer fully supports this part of me, and so many others like me," Krangle writes in the letter, which you can read here.

Weeks before the parade, police Chief Mark Saunders apologized for the 1981 bathhouse raids, when officers armed with crowbars and sledgehammers arrested some 300 men.

More than 90 per cent of the charges were eventually dropped, and the raids galvanized Toronto's LGBT community to fight for their rights and find a political voice.  –

I'm not black but I'll share my opinion anyway.  If we disliked and hated every group IN GENERAL that hated us, we should not allow ANY church groups, parent groups (PFLAG, etc), sports groups, media groups, government groups, or politicians.  These groups have had members that have hated us for being who we are, pushed us out, ridiculed us, and wrote laws against us before and some still do today.

And there's also, "How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while there is still a beam in your own eye?"  Ohhh, that was a bible verse, but it works.  To speak more to the correct yourself before finding fault in others, let me share a Facebook post form a good friend of mine that lives in Toronto.

Wow, where do I even start. Ok, let me start by saying that I have no real objection to the ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ sit in per se. The Pride parade is, in itself, a political statement. However, I question the groups motives, claims of "anti-blackness" and their own diversity. Look, suddenly, there's a gay male member trotted out for the occasion! I had only seen women in the group before.

Has there been another all-Black group represented in the Toronto Pride parade before? I've seen a lot of Pride parades but I can't think of an all-Black LGBTQ2 group. Why is that? Maybe (and this is just conjecture on my part) it's because the Black community, world-wide, is one of the least tolerant. As an actual gay, black male, of West Indian heritage, in a relationship with a gay, white male, I notice the prejudice. I see it in the laws still in use in Black countries, especially in the Caribbean. I see it in the messages from Black churches. I see it in "Greenleaf" on OWN! I see it in my own family. Would my uncles in Trinidad walk in a Pride parade next to me? Hell, no! One didn't even want to speak to me at his son's wedding.

Look at the composition of a group like PFLAG. For the Black folks, PFLAG "is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their non-heterosexual children." There are very few Black parents in this organization. Look at the all-White board. If "Black Lives Matter", where are you, parents, because I already know why your son/daughter don't go to church anymore.

The Pride parade lacks "blackness" because the Black community lacks real pride for it's LGBTQ2 children. That means more than just tolerance; it means love and acceptance. I have that from my own parents but many still do not.

Black Lives Matter, your obsession with one aspect of being Black in this world blinds you to our own hypocrisies. You don't care about me unless I support you or I wave a stick at a cop (which will never EVER happen). Prejudice on either side will never provide a solution.

See you at the gay Caribana float, darlings! – my friend.


What are your thoughts? 

Are you upset that the Black Lives Matter protesting during Toronoto Pride?

Do you think it was the right place to draw attention to their cause?

Do you think people like me (non-Black) should STFU about this subject?

Was the Toronto Pride protest on the level of them protesting at the Bernie Sanders' Seattle rally?


8 thoughts on “Black Lives Matter Claims Victory After Halting Toronto Pride Parade”

  1. I think this demonstrates

    I think this demonstrates just how unfocused and malignant the BLM movement has become.  Granted, at its birth, this organization was not well put together, but now it would appear to have been taken over by opportunists seeking merely to bring attention to themselves.  That is not activism. That is self promotion.  As it currently stands, the movement is doing a great disservice to those it once professed to help.  This?  This can't be seen as anything but embarrassing.  And I agree with AK – everyone has a right show their pride – especially gay police or police allies, for history demonstrates what they have to endure just to exist.  Don't agree?  Get your own parade.

  2. perhaps “blackness” isn’t

    perhaps "blackness" isn't included in the pride parade because the pride parade is about happines and festivity, taking a day off to celebrate in spite of the immense discrimination they face. I'm just going to say it here, blacks don't get it, and your movement was about shunning responsibility in the first place. Stop acting a fool, stop fighting everyone including the cops, and maybe people will stop seeing you in a negative light. Your lack of personal responsability is what is killing you, not racism. Learn to examine yourself and your actions closely, and most importantly learn to accept critisism instead of acting like a child on meltdown. This parade is for all colors, that are finding common ground, where as it seems like you solely want dominance. If you don't like what I say, tough; change your attitudes cause even if you whipe out an entire race and collapse the system, you womt succeed, I guarentee it. You leave too much responsabilitu on other people, kind of like how you demand that more faces of color be included in lgtb and feminism, yet your culture is against such subjects as a whole. You will even go on to say that this is not true, and it's a awhite conspiracy making us believe that blacks are less tolerant toward gays as a whole.. Lmfao.. Man up.. Take responsibility, show respect, then we'll talk. XD XD 

  3. time for blacks to start

    time for blacks to start supporting gays instead of interrupting parades and demonizing us in their Churches 

  4. If by “We won”, they mean “We

    If by "We won", they mean "We turned our vocal allies into passive pseudo-supporters", then yes they did!

  5. Can you imagine the outrage

    Can you imagine the outrage if gays hijacked a black history month event?? These tactics induce anger not sympathy. These people are bullies & assholes. Hold you're own events and stop hijacking events of other's. They've hijacked a presidential candidates speech. Numerous Pride events. They even hijacked a memorial vigil for Orlando shooting victims. Do they seriously not comprehend that they are turning people off to their movement rather than gaining ground?  #YoureDoingItWrong

  6. Banning the cops is just

    Banning the cops is just stupid.  The group exists partially to raise awareness of how black people get treated by cops and instead of sharing an opportunity for the two groups to meet and strengthen a better relationship they want the cops excluded.  How is this going to get better treatment when they are stopping the police from showing support for different segments of society.  That was a selfish stupid decision that does nothing to help anyone.

  7. Our society as a whole,

    Our society as a whole, discriminate about lots of stuff,sometimes these actions does not make since to me. But, I believe being invited to celebrate in a parade was a starting point to inclusion. I do not think the parade should have been interrupted. It was a day of celebration for both groups that feel left out of mainstream inclusion. BLM disrespected the people who invited them to the party.  I know they may never be invited again. All police are not bad.


  8. I have always been a

    I have always been a supporter of BLM movements, but this was really frustrating, shameful, and hateful. EVERYONE deserves the rights to be at the Pride Parade, including cops, to show their support and love for LGBT community. Demanding that cops' floats be banned, is denying them their rights. The hypocrisy is strong with the BLM. Demanding their own rights while banning others' rights? They have lost a supporter in me. And no, I am not white either. If you were invited to march in the parade, and this is the shtick they pull. It is sad, ridiculous, and stupid. Holding up others from parading their own pride. Who gave them the rights to take the rights of others?! On top of that, no prior meeting was held with the concerned parties, before this demonstration was held. Why not? 


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