Why is it hate? Why is singling out and branding Israel an apartheid state in our gay pride parade hate? Members of Toronto’s gay and Jewish community, as well as political and civic leaders explain in their own words.
On June 11th 2013 city council will vote on resolutions regarding its anti-discrimination code. Please contact city councillors ASAP and send them a short letter in your own words, short and respectful, and explain why city money should not be used to promote hate in the public square. Tell them organizations that receive city money – like PRIDE – need to mirror the city’s core mission of promoting respect and tolerance. The test is not whether the hateful term Israeli Apartheid violates the Ontario Human Rights Act, but if it promotes respect and tolerance which it clearly does not. Not all speech is deserving of taxpayer’s money and it is for city councillors as elected representatives to set city policy. Speech can be both legal and hateful, but is it acceptable? Please view the short trailer “Why is it Hate?.” The issues are well articulated there and you may build on them. See what members of the Toronto Jewish and gay communities and civic leaders and politicians have said about this hateful term that is only meant to hurt, and spread intolerance and contempt.
The film explores the explosive controversy that surrounded the 2009 Toronto Gay Pride Parade by the inclusion of groups that branded Israel an apartheid state.
Offering exclusive footage of the annual parade that has become Toronto’s top attraction, Reclaiming Our Pride illustrates how Pride is being hijacked by groups that have nothing to do with the celebration of gay rights.
A riveting hour-long documentary, Reclaiming Our Pride asserts that Pride is about gay rights and that all members of the gay community and the general public should feel safe, welcome, and included.
Interviews with members of the Jewish and gay communities examine how the false branding of Israel fuels the flames of hatred and may also lead to fallout with sponsors and put government funding and charitable status at risk.
Pride is for everyone! Pride is about gay rights! It’s time to Reclaim Our Pride!
See also the related film, Crossing the Line: The Infitada Comes to Campus.