Edmonton Pride Allows Group Critical of Israel
BY Advocate.com Editors
June 14 2010 2:50 PM ET
After being banned from Toronto Pride, the group known as Queers Against Israeli Apartheid marched without incident in Saturday's Edmonton Pride Parade.
The Edmonton chapter of QuAIA launched two weeks ago, following the Israeli military attack on a Gaza aid flotilla ship. Although Edmonton Pride allowed QuAIA to march, they were warned that
the festival was a "family-friendly" event.
At the parade, marchers carried banners that read "There's no pride in
apartheid" and "Free Palestine."
"As queers, we have a responsibility and a great ability to be great
activists as far as recognizing oppression and standing up against it no
matter who it's directed at," Jess Warren, coorganizer of Edmonton QuAIA, told the Canadian news source Xtra!
Joe.My.God reports that an American contingent
of QuAIA may join in New York's gay pride parade.