Rather than a sanitised spectacle at the SCG, the Mardis Gras Parade works best when disrupting everyday routines.
Stereotypically, gay, queer and trans kids flee small towns to find acceptance in big, diverse cities like New York or Chicago. But evidence shows many will eventually return to rural areas.
Many in the LGBTQ community want a different Pride, one that lays claim to the movement’s history, celebrates revolution and liberation and acknowledges the violence that many LGBTQ face.
Spectators at Toronto’s Pride parade this year are being asked to wear black to honour victims of serial killers. While it’s right to mourn, it’s not the biggest issue facing gay communities today.
One of the lesser known demands of Black Lives Matter is the right to a safe space to celebrate Black Queer Lives. This year’s Blockorama party in Toronto is evidence the movement is progressing.