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Trans Pride goes rogue -- again

Trans Pride goes rogue -- again

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Xtra has video and photos from the Trans March
Once again, the trans community has defied Pride Toronto and taken an unauthorized march down Yonge St to demand their rights.
 
The authorized Trans March, which started at Norman Jewison Park, was set to end at Church and Wood streets, but one group, organized by trans activist Christin Milloy, continued to march west along Wood St, onto Yonge, down to Dundas, north up University Ave and then back into the Village.
 
“We chose main streets because it’s critical that our political message is brought to the greater community,” Milloy says. “We need to get the issues out from behind the rainbow curtain. Pride Toronto runs a march that’s three blocks on Church St. The street’s already closed. It’s not bad, but it’s not really what a trans march looks like.”
 
About 200 marchers took part in the Trans March, with a majority continuing on with the unauthorized march.
 
 
This year, Milloy imagined a much grander route. With Wolscht behind the wheel of her pickup truck, Milloy coaxed the crowd to follow her to Yonge, down to Dundas, across to University Ave, up to Wellesley and back to Church St.
 
 
“It’s growing and drawing support,” says Kevin Beaulieu, the executive director of Pride Toronto. “[The Trans March] is on Friday night. There are some logistical issues with the road and traffic, so we work with the city to try and find a time and a place that’s safe and a location where it can be put on successfully.”
 
Beaulieu says he is not opposed to moving the march to Yonge St in the future (see video interview below).
 
Chris Imrie, a student at Northern Secondary School who is a member of the Ontario InterGSA Association, a coalition of Catholic and public students fighting for gay-straight alliances, says transphobia awareness needs to be brought to non-queer spaces in Toronto.
 
“This is a public statement on the main streets of Toronto that transphobia is still an issue and will not be tolerated,” he says. “It needs to be eradicated from our society right now. We’re not waiting for it to get better later. We are making it better now, for everyone, everywhere.”
 
Marchers marked a major victory, the passage at Queen's Park earlier in June of Toby's Act, which adds gender identity and gender expression to the Ontario Human Rights Code. NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo, who was instrumental in pushing the bill, marched in solidarity. DiNovo will also march in the Pride parade on Sunday as the co-grand marshal, along with Liberal Laurel Broten, the provincial education minister.
 
With protection in place for trans and gender-variant people, Queer Ontario chair Nick Mulé says he now anticipates court challenges.
 
“This will open the Pandora’s box,” he says. “When complaints start coming forward with regard to employment, housing, services, contracts and all that stuff, people will start to realize that they can no longer discriminate against trans people.”
 
Milloy says there is still more work to be done. At the federal level, Bill C-279 has yet to pass. Canada's Human Rights Act currently includes protections for gender identity but not gender expression.
 
Youth activist Alexander Monkler says the fight for human rights doesn’t stop in Ontario, or even Canada. “Trans rights need to be supported around the world. We are not there yet. We need to stand up and speak out. Equal rights for everyone.”
 
Below are a video report by Xtra’s Andrea Houston, a series of photographs by Kyle Lasky and a video interview with Pride Toronto executive director Kevin Beaulieu.  
 

 
 
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Just as much right...
Trans People have just as much right as anybody else in this great land called Canada to protest and demonstrate in their own way. Blocking some traffic for an hour or two is a lot less than others have done .
Not very bright trannies, as usual
Just the usual display of nonsense by not-very-bright trannies, as usual.

Trannies are essentially nobodies on their own and amount to less than 0.5% of the GLB population.

Advertising themselves to the general public while causing a great deal of unscheduled inconvenience to that public is quite counter-productive.

To get anything done they really need to continue to get support from the mainstream GLB community which they apparently take for granted with their sense of self-grievance and self-entitlement.

A nice march down Church St gets them plenty of friendly responses
but when they wander off down Yonge St and then all over downtown Toronto
they get dirty looks from the public who then proceeds to blame the entire GLB community for this nonsense.

The silly twits could not even staff the canopy set up for them across from 519
but who cares for those who choose to dwell forever in Cloud Cuckoo Land.

519 itself spends a disproportionate amount of resources on tranny programs
but they could not even be bothered to volunteer in any way at 519 Pride
or for Pride Toronto.

Most of the volunteers at Pride were actually ethnic GLB people who normally are shut out of the very anglo Church St gay village
but no worries about the lack of their inclusion otherwise.

Not only that but all of us who are semi-transsexual gay and lesbian folks
and those of us who are actually fully gay transsexual are ignored by this tiny gang of delusional autogynephilic and semi-autistic transvestites
and rendered persona non grata by them.

Trannies are the barnacles on the gay body politic and it is time to scrape them off
and let them fall into the bottom mud where they belong
and time for us to start engaging with all those closeted ethnic GLB folks out there who would like to belong and contribute to this community
but need a bit of help and acceptance from us to do so.
Trans March
Reading all these comments are valid but Remeber the LGBTY moment started with visibility in society and protesting and rallying for their existants. We as Tran people are most discriminated in society and need more visibility around who we are to bring more awareness and acceptance or some case tolerance...... Koodo for marching down yonge street..
MForrester
Agree
I agree with Christin, particularly about the source of government power, and the legitimacy of protest. Canadians are often too passive, content to limit their involvement to ticking a box every few years, so it's heartening to learn of anyone doing something more. I also agree about the T in LGBT. If the rainbow flag is to mean what we claim it means, we ought to be working harder towards equality for transgender people.
In Response to Cayen,
Thank you! I agree completely. It seems some people seem to take the approach that we should just quiet down and behave ourselves, try to do the best job we can assimilating into mainstream cisnormative, heteronormative society... and that if we behave well enough, society may throw us a bone. I disagree completely. We are human beings, the same as anyone else, and presently we are being denied equity and in the eyes of the law we are not receiving the necessary protections (at the federal level). When your rights are denied, or come under attack, it is necessary to stand up and speak out in order to secure them. Thank you, Cayen.
In response to Truthgoddess,
You may have missed the point of the march.

Each year, Pride Toronto operates an enormous parade, typically associated in the minds of the public as being associated with the Gay and Lesbian community. They also run a Dyke March.

In both cases, the political message is brought out onto the main streets of the city, as it has historically been. If you recall, Pride started in a time where there was not as much acceptance of Gay and Lesbian people in society as there is today. It was necessary to show our strength and solidarity, and make the necessary demands for legislative and social change, which have created the world Canada's Gay and Lesbian community can now enjoy.

Trans people have not yet advanced to the same level of status as the Lesbian and Gay community. We still face discrimination in employment, housing, services (including government services), and we are not even protected by the same federal laws as (most) other marginalized groups.

Therefore, out of the entire LGBT community, we have what is probably the greatest need to make the strongest political statement to the widest audience.

Despite this, we (meaning the trans community) have still not achieved an agreement with Pride Toronto and the City of Toronto whereby we receive the same accommodation to officially march on main streets as is presently enjoyed by both the Pride Parade, and the Dyke March. I'm sorry to say that, while Pride Toronto are clearly trans *allies*, I do not believe that Pride Toronto is doing their proper responsibility in acknowledging the needs of and supporting the trans community in this important time of social change. Marches like these show the world that we exist in larger numbers, that we are not invisible, and it helps spread education about the problems that we face every day. That's why I marched.
On The Detour
To anyone who is saying that the march is somehow damaging the struggle for trans* rights, go to http://www.derailingfordummies.com/temper.html, read "You are damaging your cause by being angry", and come back. Go on. I'll wait.

Everyone back? Good.

Now say that the trans* march, which is the only march among itself, the Dyke march, and Pride proper that *didn't* get Yonge, is somehow wrong for *taking* Yonge.

As a trans* person, I certainly hope this opens the eyes of the organizers for getting Yonge street for the trans* march in future, because I have the feeling we'll be using it anyway.
You do not speak for me!
After reading this, watching the videos and then adding insult when reading the comment by Christian Milloy. I, as a Transwoman, am offended that these are the people who are representing me. This course of actions is unacceptable and will do more harm then good. Your reply to the first post was uncalled for and really showed you in a very bad light. The problem is, you are having a negative effect on all Trans people with the way you’re representing us. You wish to be our voice then you have a responsibility to conduct yourself in a respectable way.

It is not only unfair to the public to force your beliefs on them. But also shows disrespect for the law. People will not hear or want to understand what you’re trying to say if you try and force them to. Stopping traffic and holding an illegal march because you feel like you have the right. Well again, as a Trans woman. I am telling you that seeing this and the way you have conducted yourself. You do not even have my support.
@CM
Going off the designated route, more than likely blocking traffic, shouting, waving signs, all the while thinking you have the right do this just because you are Trans does absolutely nothing for your credibility.

Just saying.
Cry me a river, Mike from Edmonton
The government (Federal, Provincial, or Municipal) does not allow the people to exist; the people allow the government to exist.

Political expression is a right, in Canada. Get enough people marching, and the streets are yours, bylaws be damned. That's true democracy at work.

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