Daniel A. Betts
TORONTO -- Toronto's LGBT Pride event has become the most attended event the city hosts annually, seeing both visitors and participants from neighbouring cities, provinces, countries as well as those from countries abroad.
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This year, that pattern has slowed. Attendance was down dramatically, and there was a stronger corporate presence in the parade and in the community during the parade than any year before it.
This article will not discuss the 2016 Pride Parade being held hostage by members of Black Lives Matter’s Toronto chapter (BLMTO).
This article will not discuss the political move made by BLMTO to have Toronto and other gay police men and women excluded from participating in Toronto's annual parade that was formally a celebration of diversity and inclusion in all walks of life for people of all occupations, sexual orientations, cultural creeds and/or colours.
This article will not discuss the heavily debated issue of Toronto City Hall funding the celebration of diversity and inclusion with over $260-thousand in spite of the event organizers excluding the men and women who work to serve and protect them.
This article is simply reportage on the Toronto LGBT Pride Parade 2017, which was less-attended than the three prior years, and which lacked the shared positivity and love - the sense of unity - that was present in the preceding years when uniformed police officers participated.