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Queer Ontario at Pride Toronto — Invitation & List of Events

June 30th, 2012 Comments off

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Please contact Martin Otarola, your friendly neighbourhood Queer Ontario Secretary, if you want to know more about Queer Ontario’s involvement in these events and/or want to participate with us. info@queerontario.org

Don’t forget to bring plenty of fluids and sun protection!
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1.  Saturday, June 23  —  The Dykeversity Community Resource Fair

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2.  Monday, June 25  –  The unaffiliated ‘Queers for Social Justice’ Night March

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3.  Friday, June 29  –  The official and unofficial Toronto Trans March
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4.  Saturday, June 30  –  The Toronto Dyke March
A grassroots event where women and trans people in LGBTTIQQ2SA communities take over the streets of Toronto. The Dyke March Rally begins at 1:00 pm at the intersection of Church and Hayden Streets. The March itself begins at 2:00.

Queer Ontario will be hosting a cheering contingent on the north-west corner of Yonge and Wellesley. Meet us there at 1:50 pm if you want to join us!
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5.  Sunday, July 1st  –  The Toronto Pride Parade
The world-renown Pride Parade, which is set to begin at 2:00 pm.

Queer Ontario will have a marching contingent, just like we did last year. If you want to march with us, meet us at our designated spot (“F24,” near Bloor Street and Ted Rogers Way) at 1:45 pm. The estimated time requirement for this event is approximately two hours.
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6.  Sunday, July 1st  –  The Community Fair
The annual street fair featuring food vendors, commercial enterprises, and community groups that wish to, and can afford to, pay for a space. 12:00 noon to  6:00 pm

Queer Ontario will be stationed with its trusty table on Alexander Street, right next to Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, meeting and greeting new people and organizations from Toronto and beyond. We are particularly interested in getting to know what life is like for you and your significant others in your hometowns, and the issues you feel need to be addressed most urgently; so do stop by and say hi!
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Notes & Analysis on the Procedural Complaints Expressed at the Pride Toronto Dispute Resolution Hearing on June 27, 2012

June 29th, 2012 Comments off

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For Immediate Release  –  June 29, 2012
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Queer Ontario attended the first hearings of Pride Toronto’s Dispute Resolution Process (“DRP”) on June 27, 2012, to monitor and document a process that we consider to be highly problematic. Heard was the case mounted by B’nai Brith’s Human Rights League (“B’nai Brith”) against the participation of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (“QuAIA”) in the Toronto Pride Parade, where a number of complaints came forward regarding the process. We are providing these complaints here for public awareness.
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Our notes and analysis:


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QuAIA’s procedural complaints:

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The entire document, with QuAIA’s complaints appended, can be downloaded here:
Queer Ontario Dispute Resolution Hearing Notes
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Call to Action: Ask Pride Toronto to Dismantle the Dispute Resolution Process

June 26th, 2012 Comments off

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June 25, 2012 — For Immediate Release
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In the advent of the complaints that were filed with Pride Toronto’s Dispute Resolution Process (DRP) against Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) – two of which have been removed and new ones lodged – we are reiterating our call for the dissolution of the DRP and invite other LGBTQ groups and organizations to oppose its use and do the same…
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Simply pick and choose your reason(s) for opposing the Process and/or add your own. Then email it to the Pride Toronto offices at office@pridetoronto.com
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For greater resonance, you can even email the co-chairs directly at francisco.alvarez@pridetoronto.com and luka.amona@pridetoronto.com
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Click here to send your message to all three emails.
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A downloadable version of the Call can be found here:
Call to Action: Dispute Resolution Process
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Give the Pride Toronto Board your two cents!
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The Queer Ontario Steering Committee
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