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Pride 2017

Black CAP will be focused on building awareness about our agency and our work at Toronto Pride 2017. As always our work is focused on creating visibility for Black LGBTQ communities in this space and supporting the work of groups like APAA, BQY, Blackness Yes! and BLM-TO. As you may know, Pride 2016 turned out to be a year that resulted in significant criticism of Toronto Pride by BLM-TO. 

On many occasions, Black CAP has been asked to share our position on Black Lives Matter – Toronto (BLM-TO). We would like members of our community to know that Black CAP strongly supports their efforts and that we stand in solidarity with community partners such as BLM-TO, Blackness Yes! and BQY. Like these organizations, Black CAP has a shared history of resistance and has experienced shared historical marginalization as racialized African, Caribbean and Black people in Canada. 

 The HIV sector, more than most, recognizes what it means to fight for resources, access and recognition. We should remember that  BLM-TO's efforts to resist are similar to those successfully used by our movement. In the early days of the HIV epidemic, we fought hard to gain legitimacy, resources and recognition in an environment that was prepared to let us die. We resisted, disrupted and fought hard for all that we've gained. We stopped traffic, we sat in and disrupted in any way that we could. Very little was achieved without resistance in those days - if we had been silent many more would have been lost to the epidemic. In fact, Black CAP would not exist were it not for a similar approach to resistance by, and for, Black communities. 

 We do not believe that BLM-TO's efforts over Pride weekend last year or their demands of Pride Toronto are in any way controversial. Black CAP has been involved with BLM-TO since day one. For instance, Black CAP was happy to provide space to the precursor to BLM-TO, a group of community members responding to Ferguson. We hope to further explore how Black CAP and BLM-TO can support each other in the future.

We must also stop to reflect on the level of anti-Black racism that has emerged in the mainstream LGBTQ community over the past year. This reaction to BLM-TO has unearthed some of the true feelings that exist in Toronto's LGBTQ communities and it's important that such levels of racism be challenged. For those who don't know, Black CAP's motto is 'Because All Black People's Lives are Important'; there is no distinction between our motto and the work of BLM-TO. As a result, we urge members of our community to stand in solidarity with BLM-TO. Finally, as a Black community now is the time for us to stand together. Black CAP looks forward to sharing our voice and working to ensure that issues of HIV, the criminalization of Black people living with HIV and the importance of health promotion at Pride are included in these discussions.

 

We hope you will join us for Pride. Check out the activities below. 

Friday, June 23rd  

Trans March

March with us to promote Trans* education and awareness

6:30 pm

Church and Hayden St. 

To register contact: a.munga@black-cap.com

Saturday, June 24th 

Dyke March

Join us for a political demonstration for LBTQ2 women

12:00 pm

Women's Health in Women's Hands - 2 Carlton St. 

To register contact: i.edeh@black-cap.com

Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th 

Community Fair

Look out for Black CAP’s information table to learn more about us or get an HIV test  

12:00 - 7:00 pm on Saturday and 12:00 - 5:00 pm on Sunday

Wellesley St. (near Wellesley Station)

Sunday, June 24th 

Pride Parade

We’re marching in the Parade and raising awareness about Black CAP and HIV in our community

1:00 pm

Milner Parkette - 675 Church St. 

To register contact: a.munga@black-cap.com

Sunday, June 24th

Blocko-rama

Look for us at this annual celebration for members of Toronto’s Black LGBTQ community

12:00 - 11:00 pm

Wellesley Stage at Wellesley Station