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    Having been born out of the sexuality-liberation movement, the pride parade has always been political and controversial. Grass-root anti-corporate and left-wing groups used to form the bulk of the parade marchers. These days, it's dominated by groups sponsored by Corporate Canada and Corporate America.

    For several years, an "anti-Israeli illegal occupation of Palestine" group called Queers Against Israeli Apartheid participated in the parade, but the Jewish group protested and succeeded in getting the anti-Israeli group banned from the parade. Meanwhile, the Jewish group makes sure they show a strong presence at the parade.

    Quackademic, Peter on the Cape, and 6 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Peter on the Cape 44 months ago | reply

      Fantastic. Swire, do you know Flickr photographer Alan Miller from Tel Aviv? He has the most amazing parade sets every June. No city does Pride quite like that place and Alan puts together quite a spread over a week's time. 2011 was best in my view, if I recall correctly.

    2. Li'l Wolf 44 months ago | reply

      I'm always torn about pride parades. On one hand, they're great. On the other hand, it's a shame they're still needed at all. Gay rights - heck, anyone's rights - should be a no-brainer and a non-issue.

    3. Can Pac Swire (away for a bit) 44 months ago | reply

      BostonPeter Hi Peter the BOS. Thanks for the tip. As a matter of fact I've seen Alan's photos, though I'm not connected with him directly.

      Li'l Wolf Well, actually, in Toronto these days, the Pride Parade is hardlya political fight anymore. After all, in Canada

      1) Sexual orientation has long been de-criminalised
      2) The Charter of Rights and Freedoms within the Canadian Constitution also guarantees equal rights for all, and discrimination based on sexual orientation is expressly illegal according to the Constitution
      3) Same-sex marriage has been legal since between 2003 and 2005
      4) Becasue of (2) and (3), retirement, medical and death benefits must be the same for both opposite-sex and same-sex couples
      5) Because of (2) and (3), same-sex couples have the same right to adopt children as heterosexual couples.

      These days, in urban Canada, the parades are just big summer street parties, though in small towns and the countryside, attitudes can be far more conservative.

    4. Peter on the Cape 44 months ago | reply

      Can Pac Swire (away for a bit)
      I'm curious about your spread of years (2003 and 2005) re: the legalization of marriage equality -- was it regional? I know Jean Chrétien wasn't any too pleased by its passing despite his having helped shape the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

      And it's the same here with prevailing attitudes in areas ... large urbans areas see it as an invisible truth, rural areas not so much ... and if you back up to a macro view, the coasts are easily identified as where the kind, fair and more robust thinking people are (insert Chicago, Minneapolis, Austin, Albuquerque).

    5. Tigerspaws 44 months ago | reply

      love this...the colour and global pride

    6. Ted's photos - Returns Late November 44 months ago | reply

      Cool pride parade shot and series Swire. We LOVE a parade and take away whatever meets your needs and desires!

    7. Can Pac Swire (away for a bit) 44 months ago | reply

      Tigerspaws Thanks A! Love from Toronto!

      Ted McGrath Thank you Ted! I do too!

    8. Can Pac Swire (away for a bit) 44 months ago | reply

      Just realized that I have a photo of the Queers Against Israeli Apartheid.

    9. Peter on the Cape 44 months ago | reply

      Have you just recently burned your bra, Swire? It's delightful to see all this Pride stuff on your stream.

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