While Toronto police officers are welcome to participate in the city’s Pride Parade next month, they will not be permitted to do so in uniform. Officers hoping to participate in Pride in uniform may have the opportunity elsewhere, though. A New York-based civil rights organization, Gay Officers Action League (GOAL), has extended an invitation to Toronto police officers to march in their city’s Pride Parade, which is set for the same June 25 date.
“If Toronto officers would like to march proudly as open LGBTQ criminal justice professionals in a march and they feel it’s important to identify both as an officer and a member of the community – we welcome them with open arms,” Gay Officers Action League President Det. Brian Downey told CP24 Monday.
Earlier this month, Pride Toronto organizers issued a statement announcing that the city’s police force would not be welcomed to participate in uniform, in police vehicles, or carrying weapons. The decision came after a controversy-filled year stemming from Black Lives Matter calling on Pride to meet demands which included the exclusion of police floats and uniformed participation in the annual event.
The 37th annual Pride Parade is set for Sunday, June 25.