Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA), an anti-Zionist protest group that made corporate sponsors squirm by flying banners at last year’s Toronto Pride parade, has been banned this year, along with any other group that would advance a political agenda.Well shame on pride, I said. But what's this? Tadhg, in the comments said that the Post article was flatly contradicted in the Star:
“We will be very much more careful this year. We will make sure that we have a presence to ensure that people don’t slip into the parade,” Pride Toronto executive director Tracey Sandilands said today.
Pride's executive director Tracey Sandilands assured me, insisting that, contrary to the report in the Post, "Where we stand at this point in time is, we are not taking a side. We are not going to ban anybody from the parade."Now I wasn't sure about this. The articles flatly contradict each other. But now the Post has run an update. Got that? An update, not a clarification, correction, retraction or a woops-we-got-it-wrong. An update, which they link to in the original article:
Pride Toronto will permit groups to march in next month's parade with banners reading "End Israeli Apartheid," as long as they are officially registered.It's still a funny old diversity event that insists on registration of participants. I wonder what happens if you register but don't turn up. Will they ask for people's measurements so they'll know how big a space to leave?