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A Brief History of Pride
History - Pride Toronto
Since the city was loath to give out permits for any official marches or protests, participants carried banners and signs along the sidewalks. These early marches were held on Saturdays, not Sundays as they are now, because that was when the downtown core was most likely to be busiest with other pedestrians and passers-by. On Februrary 5, , the Toronto Police conducted a series of bathhouse raids, dubbed Operation Soap. More than people were arrested — the largest mass arrest in Canada since the October Crisis of precipitated by the kidnappings of British diplomat James Cross and Deputy Premier Pierre Laporte, who was later murdered by the FLQ , and a record that would be broken only in during the Stanley Cup playoffs in Edmonton. The Toronto Police actions were roundly denounced by the LGBT community, who organized the next night to protest — 3, strong — against the police and their treatment of marginalized groups.
Toronto's Gay Pride parade will exclude contentious group
A celebration of the diversity of the LGBT community in the Greater Toronto Area , it is one of the largest organized gay pride festivals in the world, featuring several stages with live performers and DJs , several licensed venues, a large Dyke March, a Trans March and the Pride Parade. The centre of the festival is the city's Church and Wellesley village, while the parade and marches are primarily routed along the nearby Yonge Street , Gerrard Street and Bloor Street. In , the event served as the fourth international WorldPride , and was much larger than standard Toronto Prides. The event is organized by Pride Toronto, a non-profit organization. A growing complement of fourteen staff support the work of 22 festival teams; each team is responsible for an aspect of the festival.
This article was published more than 10 years ago. Some information in it may no longer be current. No one from Pride Toronto would comment Friday, although they said a news conference will be held Tuesday. The group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, which has marched in Toronto's annual Pride parade for the past several years, has angered people who feel the name is discriminatory, anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli.