Justin Trudeau paints his face with the rainbow flag during Toronto Pride

Posted June 28, 2017

NYC Pride organizers said they have a policy against restricting groups from participating.

"It's important to remember that Pride is political and [honour] its roots in fighting oppression".

"We understand black lives matter, we believe it wholeheartedly", said parade-goer Laura Moore. "We've come a long way since then".

Rather than cheers for a publicity stunt seeking, nine points down in popularity polls Trudeau, a chill should have run down the backs of each and every LGBT person who marched or was in attendance at yesterday's parade.

On the same day as this year's Pride parade in Toronto, BLM protesters in Minneapolis brought that parade to a stop, demanding that police be removed. Police had originally been scheduled to lead off the parade, but organizers instead had them in the middle of the crowd, with an unmarked cop auto at the lead spot.

Police diversity officer Theresa Allott was among the London contingent who marched in the Big Apple.

Supporters of Black Lives Matter and the Women's March made an appearance holding banners and signs of resistance while individuals wore their best #resist outfits. While it interrupted the festivities, some attendees said they appreciated the message.

"There were people like 20 deep in lots of locations".

BLM's New York City organizers Kei Williams and Kleaver Cruz wrote an open letter calling for the complete removal of all New York Police Department officers and Pride decorated police cars. Pride Month launched on June 1 and features programming and events throughout the city, culminating with the annual Pride Parade on June 25.

Trudeau commenced Toronto Pride by introducing the theme of this year's march: inclusivity. "We can not afford for Pride to be at risk".

Among those marching were Chicago's Police Supt. They said they chose to "authorize" the arrests so the march could proceed after the activists had demonstrated for 10 minutes.

Many Chicagoans come back to Boystown year after year, like Katrina Delgrosso, who came to Chicago's Pride parade for the last three years. "Queer and trans people of colour actually started this", Diverlus said.

She was one of four grand marshals. "People dress up and I just get a kick out of it". It has the Islamic crescent and star on it, like the flags of Turkey, Pakistan, etc.