Last night, members of Pride Toronto voted in a nearly neck and neck vote to ban police officers from marching in the Pride parade for at least two years.
The total vote rang in at 163-161 after the organization made a controversial move of lifting the ban a few months ago, beginning a heated debate within the organization and the LGBTQ+ community. Olivia Nuamah, Pride director, was criticized for denouncing people who did not want a police presence, initiating calls for her resignation prior to last night’s vote.
This vote came after it was revealed that funding was a factor contributing to Pride Toronto’s decision to revisit its police participation ban, according to a confidential document that was sent by the organization.
Once again, Pride Toronto members voted to affirm their already-made decision to affirm the organizations already-made acceptance of BLMTO’s demand for no police in pride. Can we put this discussion to rest and enjoy our police-free Pride already. #prideTO #twilightzone
— Rodney Diverlus (@rodneydiverlus) January 23, 2019
In a statement, Toronto police responded explaining that they “remain committed to maintaining a dialogue with Pride Toronto as well as the larger LGBTQS community to deliver policing services that are inclusive and responsive to the needs of the community regardless of the outcome of one particular vote or event.”
In addition to last night’s vote, the board of directors revealed that they’re also committed to changing its bylaws to ensure better engagement with members on “key decisions,” according to a statement.