Toronto police announced it will withdraw their application to march in the city’s Pride parade after event organizers said the presence of uniformed officers would make members of the LGBTQ community feel unsafe.
Chief Mark Saunders said in a statement that he hopes the move “will be received as a concrete example” of the fact that he is listening closely to the community’s concerns.
The announcement comes a day after Pride Toronto and other LGBTQ community groups posted an open letter online asking police to withdraw from the parade.
Pride Toronto executive director Olivia Nuamah says the organization wants police to better communicate with the community rather than focus on participating in the summer parade.
The LGBT community as well as others are understandably divided on this issue. – CINEWS