The organizers of charity concert event “#LoveWins” scheuled for later this month announced over the weekend that the show will be postponed after it caused serious backlash within the LGBTQ2S community.
Sara Malabar, a critic who created the “Stop #LoveWins Concert” group to protest the planned event says she’s it’s a “good step” the event organizers heard the concerns of herself and her fellow community members and decided to postpone it.
#LoveWins was poised as a “part vigil, part celebration” in the wake of the series of murders in the LGBTQ2S community by alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur. Many of the events critics said that it was too soon to celebrate as the investigation continues with more victims being discovered.
In a statement made by Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam on Saturday, she said the intention was to “bring the city together in love and healing”, but decided to postpone the event after it caused “unintentional division at a historic time”.
As organizers and supporters of #LoveWins we have actively listened to concerns from community members about the March 29, 2018 event. Our intention was to bring the city together in love and healing after hearing from many people who wanted to come together in unity and strength. Unfortunately, the event created an unintentional division at a historic time in the LGBTQ2S community.
For the many who expressed support and enthusiasm for the concert, and gave freely of their time and talent to its organizing, we sincerely apologize for this disappointment.
We will postpone the event and work with all community members to ensure that any future endeavour will address the concerns raised thus far. We welcome continued dialogue and honour the broad spectrum of opinions in the community.
Thank you everyone for your patience and understanding.
The free concert was slated to take place at Nathan Phillips Square March 29th with artists like Carole Pope and members of the Barenaked Ladies performing.
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