GayandRight

My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (www.freethinkingfilms.com)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Will the Grand Marshall of Gay Pride Toronto once again slam Israel???

El-Farouk Khaki is a member of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, and last year used his position to attack Israel...
“Anti-Israel advocacy has no relevance to Pride’s LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Transgender] human rights mandate,” asserted Toronto lawyer and gay rights advocate Martin Gladstone.

The annual gay-pride parade, scheduled this year for June 28, has grown into the largest tourist event in Toronto, now attracting more than a million people a year. Stretching over 23 blocks, it receives $300,000 from the Ontario ministry of tourism, about $145,000 from the City of Toronto and $35,000 from Heritage Canada, as well as significant funding from corporate sponsorships.

Nevertheless, “in the last couple of years, I’m just horrified that in the middle of this party and celebration, there is this anti-Israel political advocacy going on,” Gladstone said, adding that this year some people have decided not to participate because they are nervous about their security.

“It’s supposed to be a celebration of diversity, inclusion and tolerance.” he said. “But it’s a microcosm of the antisemitism that’s happening globally.

“It’s a very uncomfortable environment because it vilifies Jews by extension. It has very eerie parallels to Nazi Germany. I don’t consider myself an activist, but I just can’t be silent anymore.”

Gladstone told the Jewish Tribune that he first met with the pride committee to address his concerns in April 2008, before last year’s parade.

“They listened and sympathized, but it was essentially ignored,” he explained, pointing to the anti-Israel atmosphere that prevailed, according to many participants.

This year, however, the committee has formally responded in a positive manner with a policy to put a stop to the situation, Gladstone said.

“They said these are rogue groups that act without authority.” Still, “we’re concerned, because the grand marshall [El-Farouk Khaki] is a featured speaker of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid.”
Queers Against Israeli Apartheid are banned from this year's march - but will they try to sneak in? Will Mr. Khaki attack Israel? Shouldn't Gay Pride celebrate the only outpost in the Middle East that accepts gays and lesbians???

2 Comments:

Anonymous Backseat Blogger said...

Once upon a time it was the gay community, then it was the gay/lesbian community, then it was the gay/lesbian/bisexual GLB community, then it was the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transsexual(since replaced with transgendered) GBLT community.... so what on earth is the LGBTTIQQ2S community

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do know that the Q2S part meas "Queer-Curious" and then for Aboriginal Queers which believe in the Earth as a spirt....the 2S means "2-Spiritted" .

The gay community is oh so Inclusive as long as they don't have to include white/male/heterosexual/non-Liberal/non-NDP.

BTW
here's something the grand marshall might not want to be revealed.
During a TV show that put a Christian in the hot-seat as 4 other people of different faiths plus the Host had grilled the Christian.
At the end of the show as the Credits ran they still showed the people shaking hands for the debate, BUT...Mr.Queer/Muslim refused to shake the hand of the White/Christian/male .
But don't worry, the Queer Muslim also didn't touch the filthy infindel female guests or the jew.

4:35 PM  

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