Apartheid

Depending on how closely you follow Toronto local news, you may or may not have heard of the brouhaha around "Queers Against Israeli Apartheid". This group has marched in the parade in the past, their basic message being "we're gay and also we don't much like what's going on in the Middle East". Which I guess is no more off topic than the Via Rail float. Anyway, this year the Pride Committee declared that the phrase "Israeli Apartheid" was discriminatory or hate speech or some such nonsense, and banned the group from using it in the parade.

 

This promptly unleashed a shitstorm of controversy about censorship and free speech and so on, complete with angry editorials, protest rallies, and boycott threats. Ultimately, the Pride Committee relented and let the group march with their signs. It may be my imagination, but it seemed like there were about 5 times as many of them as last year.

 

The Gay Jew contingent seemed bigger too, and some of them bore signs making the slightly irrelevant rejoinder that Israel is a lot nicer to its gay people than any of its neighbours are.

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Taken on July 4, 2010
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