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PTP to Pride Toronto: Reverse "Israeli Apartheid" ban

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PTP to Pride Toronto: Reverse "Israeli Apartheid" ban

The board of Pink Triangle Press, Xtra's publisher, calls upon Pride Toronto to reverse its decision to ban the use of the phrase "Israeli Apartheid."

Read the letter PTP sent to Pride Toronto (PDF)

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To the Board of Directors of Pride Toronto –
 
The principal subject of discussion at the May meeting of The Board of Directors of Pink Triangle Press was the decision by Toronto Pride to ban the use of the phrase "Israeli Apartheid" from all Pride-related events.
 
The Board has authorized me to inform you that it has adopted the following resolution:

Affirming --
 
That freedom of speech is a fundamental democratic freedom;
 
That freedom of speech has been the foundation of our communities' political and social progress since Canada’s first national gay demonstration in 1971;
 
That Pink Triangle Press, having been tried and acquitted three times on charges of obscenity, has played a significant role in fighting for freedom of speech for our communities and for all Canadians;
 
That Toronto’s Pride Day sprang from our communities' resistance to the bathhouse raids of 1981 and celebrates a political struggle for justice and freedom that has always been openly allied with other political struggles at home and around the world;
 
We call upon the Board of Directors of Pride Toronto to reverse your decision to ban the use of the phrase "Israeli Apartheid" at Pride events and to resist this attempt by politicians, funders and lobbyists to intimidate you and suppress our freedom.

This resolution was adopted unanimously.
 
Sincerely,
 
Ken Popert, president & executive director

 

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Well said PTP, and thank you
Well said PTP, and thank you for consistently supporting inclusion, free speech and tirelessly reminding us when and why it all started!
I would like to point out the
I would like to point out the obvious to the Pride Toronto Board: If there are protests against the sponsors at the official Pride events, you can be sure that whatever funding they are providing this year will not be there next year. No corporation spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to merely have its brand and good name dragged through the mud. You may not be able to bring the sponsors on side, but when you lose the community - you have absolutely nothing to sell.
Thank you PTP and Thank you
Thank you PTP and Thank you Alan Li and Jane Farrow....you are showing Pride Toronto that Freedom of speech is what is important.......Pride Toronto is just pleasing a few very narrow minded people so they can try to bring in money.....we march over 30 years ago with ZERO dollars and we do not need Pride Toronto to do a Pride week in this city rethink your stand or be ready to see what damage you will cause to Toronto Pride...people are pulling out more and more everyday but you still have time to make it right.....
Bravo! I agree 100%. Those of
Bravo! I agree 100%. Those of us who remember the long struggle for gay rights will never agree to censorship of Pride. This stand will be all the more important as those hard-won rights come under attack from the growing right-wing in this country. Gay pride is, has always been and will always be political,
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