The Rainbow Lining In Pride's Deficit - Raymond Helkio - MyGayToronto
The Rainbow Lining In Pride's Deficit 22 November 2017.
With news of Pride Toronto's deficit hitting the media it's worth being mindful that while they are facing a $458,209 debt from last year, it's not entirely clear why. The current media speculation (yes, speculation) is it's due almost entirely to the police uniform ban. True, this situation probably did eat up lots of resources but isn't that also part of our Pride? Whichever side people were on, they took part in our communities growth by listening, exchanging ideas and opinions.
How incredible it would be to live in a world where progress was made by throwing parties and having a great time? Since it's not like this, much of our progress will continue to make through difficult and sometimes painful community dialogues. Let's not be too quick to blame Pride Toronto for how it handled the police situation, after all they were acting in accordance with the membership's voting wishes.
Despite what much of the media is suggesting, it's not yet clear that all this year's deficit is due to the uniform debate. It may turn out to be true but it's worth asking the questions before we jump on the mainstream's bandwagon. In 2010, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid participation resulted in an international discussion about LGBT human rights and in a similar fashion, last year's uniform debate gave many of us a better understanding of the issues within our community. More people have an awareness of the challenges facing people of colour, the trans community and the concept of underrepresentation. These are valuable insights that we may have taken a lot longer to get to without some conflict.
Whether Pride Toronto's deficit is warranted, a money management issue or a combination of things remains to be seen. Until then, we can still appreciate the rainbow in this cloud which is that our community has grown from the experience. And grow we did.