[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.
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.
“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.