Hundreds of marchers took over Yonge Street June 25 for the Queers for Social Justice night march.Hey hey! Ho ho! Bullying queers have got to go!...
The route was not revealed until the march kicked off at 9pm and by the end of the march, the crowd numbered around 400 people.
Queers for Social Justice is a new local group comprised of a coalition of activist organizations, including Queer Ontario, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA), AIDS Action Now and the Trans Lobby Group.
Head marshal and Queer Ontario vice-chair Casey Oraa says the march had great energy and a celebratory feel. “Everyone had a great time and there was great political spirit,” he says.
The groups, who also staged a die-in at city hall before the flag-raising, recently came together in a statement of solidarity. Pride is more than a mega-party, Oraa notes. Pride has always been a political demonstration.
Taking its cue from Pride’s theme this year, “celebrate and demonstrate," the aim of Queers for Social Justice is to put politics front and centre during Pride Week.
“The Night March was about creating a space for people to be political and celebratory within Pride,” says Oraa.
Marchers, many wearing neon clothes, glow sticks and bike lights, chanted as the walked up Yonge Street. “We’re here! We’re queer! We’re fabulous! Don’t fuck with us!” and “Ho ho! Hey hey! GSAs are here to stay!”...
Update: I've been reading Jonah Goldberg's The Tyranny of Cliches and was fascinated to learn that the term "social justice" was originally coined by a Catholic Church theologian. It was meant to broaden the definition of "justice," which is he domain of the state, in order to allow space for "the autonomy and spiritual authority of, among other things, the Church." Soon enough, it strayed far from its originator's intention, becoming synomous with an amorphous, general "goodness," i.e. "goodness" as the left conceives (or misconceives) it. In that sense, "social justice" is for Catholics what "tikkun olam" is for Jews: a concept that, at first, meant something specifically religious, but that has been seized upon by those purveying the leftist agenda. And they think we should all shut up and allow them to prevail because as upholders of "social justice"/"tikkum olam," they alone occupy the moral high ground, thereby embodying all that is good and fair and true. How wrong they are!