by Ashifa Kassam
Originally published: July 12, 2016
They sat calmly on the hot pavement; their black and gold outfits a jarring contrast to the sea of rainbow flags and banners surrounding them. Minutes earlier the parade – the crown jewel of Toronto’s month-long Pride celebrations – had been in full swing, its floats heaving through the city’s main arteries alongside thousands of revellers.
Now it had come to a standstill. “We refuse to move,” said member of Black Lives Matter Toronto, her voice crackling as it came through the megaphone. “We are calling you out.”
The group had joined the parade as an honoured guest. Now it was staging a sit-in as a dozen or so protesters argued that Pride in the city had become the antithesis of the principles of inclusion – a space for white, gay males.