Tim McCaskell, a long-time gay community activist and educator who did attend the protest, and who also participated in Toronto’s earliest Pride marches, vehemently disagrees.In that case, why are they only protesting "human rights violations" in Israel and not ones in any part of the Muslim world (including those that directly affect queers--and not in a good way--due to Draconian sharia)?
“Any kind of human rights violation affects queers directly, and those struggles have always been present at Pride,” he says.
“If Pepsi can march in Pride, if the Bank of Montreal can march in Pride, if the Canadian fucking military recruitment office can march in Pride, why can’t these queer people with a political agenda – whether you agree with it or not – march in Pride?” says playwright Brad Fraser, spokesman for the newly created Pride Coalition for Free Speech. “Shutting down QuAIA leads to someone else getting shut down next.”
Update: How about protesting the deadly intolerance/human rights violations in Pakistan, Tim?