Black Lives Matter members and supporters took over a Toronto town hall meeting on gay pride Tuesday night by shouting down anyone who disagreed with their statements.
Pride Toronto hosted the meeting to get feedback on the first month-long pride event the organization hosted, reports the Globe and Mail.
The town hall meeting was also planned to discuss Black Lives Matter Toronto’s demands for the removal of police floats from the pride parade.
“As a board, we have struggled with this issue. On the one hand, the work that Toronto Police Service has done to improve relations with some members of the LGBTQ community should be acknowledged,” Alica Hall, a Pride board co-chair, said to the audience.
“But problems still remain. As an organization, we must listen when members of our community bring their concerns forward to us,” Hall continued.
In July, Black Lives Matter Toronto shut down the Toronto gay pride parade and refused to move until their demands were met. They wanted police floats banned from future pride parades and for Pride Toronto to hire more transgender and black women. RELATED: BLM Protesters Shut Down Canada’s Gay Pride Parade
Jocelyn, a woman who attended the meeting, said that police are unnecessary at the parade and the gay community is capable of protecting itself.
“Police harass and kill some members of our community,” she said, getting a round of applause.
Gary Kinsman told those gathered that 2016 was a time of “virulent anti-black racism.” He said if members of the gay community felt that they were being attacked by police, then they should not work with them.
Joe Clark, another person who attended the meeting, was bullied after he said he filed a complaint about Black Lives Matter Toronto’s methods at stopping the July parade. People yelled “f—ing racism” and “it’s a racism zone.”
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