Not Welcome: Gay Pride Festival Bans Canadian Soldiers

[Globe and Mail] Hamilton’s gay pride festival says it banned the Canadian military this year because of alleged human rights violations around the world.

The decision has ignited a furious backlash within some in the gay community who claim that the military has changed since it overturned it discriminatory policies against homosexuality in 1992.

The Canadian military has participated in the Hamilton festival for several years, marching in the parade and setting up recruiting booths.

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Emily Groom, co-chair of the Hamilton Pride Festival, says the organization has every right not to affiliate with any institutions that perhaps are based on human rights concerns.

She says those include perceived violations in Afghanistan and Haiti.

The rest.

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“All that jazz.” Co-chair should have done her homework on why she was banning soldiers:

[Spectator] Festival organizers were taken aback yesterday, though, to learn the standoff involved the Ontario Provincial Police, not the Canadian Forces.

“It was in terms of the (native) land claims and all that jazz that happened two years ago when military forces did come in and remove people from that land during the Caledonia standoff,” said Emily Groom, co-chair of the Hamilton Pride Festival Inc., in a phone interview yesterday afternoon.

When it was pointed out Canadian soldiers were not at Caledonia, Groom said: “(Hamilton) Pride has every right not to affiliate with any institutions that perhaps are based on human rights concerns.” Those include perceived violations in Afghanistan and Haiti, she said.

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3 responses to “Not Welcome: Gay Pride Festival Bans Canadian Soldiers

  1. It’s an example of one group of people not practicing what they preach. They want everybody else to accept them but they can’t accept soldiers in their midst. Sad.

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  3. Simon Fleischmann

    Some individuals in the Canadian gay community are just as opportunistic and litigious as some in the Canadian Muslim community. This can get interesting if the status-quo is maintained.

    Think about it.

    Soon, some gays in the Muslim community will prove as opportunistic and litigious as some members of Canada’s gay community who have achieved great success using the opportunistic, litigious Canadian Islamic model to significant personal gain. The Muslim gays will file complaints with Canada’s HRCs against Muslim community organizations, Islamist imams, Islamic imams, Muslim imams, and imams to the stars…

    The potential for mining tremendous comedy material north of the US border will not escape Hollywood’s attention. Great hordes of “The Great Satan’s entertainment industry types” will spend long stretches of time doing “on-site research” for future American products of cultural imperialism – funny movies.

    Finally, “Canadian culture” will have left an indelible imprint on cinema screens worldwide.

    Ain’t that something to look forward to?

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