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Toronto Pride Features First Ever Official Trans March: VIDEO

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Last weekend's Toronto Pride included a significant milestone for the city's trans community, with a planned Trans March taking place for the first time along the main, official parade route, reports Demotix:  

The 2013 Trans March as part of Pride Toronto, was finally 'permitted' to march down Yonge Street, having been relegated to Church Street in past years leaving many in the community feeling sidelined by the Pride Toronto organization.

This years theme for the Trans March was "Celebration, Commemoration, Demonstration by and for the Trans Community" and there was plenty to celebrate. The march which had been relegated to march down Church Street in the past was finally 'permitted' by Pride Toronto to march down Yonge. The other two major parades over the Pride weekend, including the Dyke March and main Sunday parade, both have their routes on Yonge Street.

In previous years, trans demonstraters have defied the Church Street route and instead marched down Yonge Street to protest what was seen by some in the community as a lack of visilbility for trans people and issues in Toronto Pride.  On Pride Toronto's website, the organization wrote that it was "pleased and honoured to be marching with Trans* March 2013, on Yonge St for the first time, thanks to the efforts of Trans* communities."

Check out a great video of the Toronto's Trans March, via Daily Xtra, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Sponsored by Ringling Bros/Barnum & Bailey.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Jul 3, 2013 6:26:25 PM

  2. ugh whyy are they hijackin our movement. Tranny tag-a-longs

    Posted by: James | Jul 3, 2013 6:42:08 PM

  3. Anti-gay straight transsexuals co-opting gay pride. Nothing to celebrate.

    What did they do for a finale, beat up a gay like they have attacked Dan Savage and Diego Luna and Cathy Brennan?

    Posted by: Anne | Jul 3, 2013 6:47:09 PM

  4. At this point I can't say I'm shocked to see such hostile transphobia on Towleroad. Sadly par for the course on this site.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jul 3, 2013 6:50:48 PM

  5. @MatteoM

    There's no transphobia on my part but it is a joke to say that LGBs are part of the same group as heterosexual Ts. It makes no sense. They are telling us that at some level, we are connected because gay men want to be women and lesbians want to be men. That's a god damned lie.

    Posted by: Michel | Jul 3, 2013 7:01:09 PM

  6. There are some Ts who are LGB and gay pride is for them too. But most Ts are not gay. Why is our movement being shoe horned in with straight transsexuals, hermaphrodites and crossdressers? Some of these hetero Ts are really anti-gay. We are not in any kind of community with these people.

    I had a T "friend" in 2003-2004. At that time, she still had a male appearance but identified as a hetero woman and was getting hair removal. She said she was a Roman Catholic and believed the church's teachings about homosexuality. She opposed every single thing that the gay movement has been fighting for, opposed the right of gay people to form and raise families, and thought gay people should be encouraged to change to straight or stay celibate. She says all of this to my face but still said that gays owed Ts because of LGBT. I told her to f^ck off and die. It was at that point that I knew LGBT was the biggest crock of sh^t ever invented.

    Posted by: Serene | Jul 3, 2013 7:14:41 PM

  7. I feel like I'm watching something from 1975...

    Police allies are not allowed to march?
    Trans children are in families that aren't normal?

    What a shame, for the first trans march.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 3, 2013 7:45:07 PM

  8. @Serene: I'm sure that the vast majority of trans people are in favor of equal rights for gay and bi people, and since there are bigots among ANY given category of person, meeting one should not change your opinion about notions of fairness and respect.
    There is even a small contingent of gay people who are anti-gay (and there were blacks who fought for the slavemasters and women who still think a woman's place is barefoot in the kitchen).
    The "ex-gay" movement is chock full of idiots with Stockholm Syndrome who try to curry favor with the homophobic circles around them by insulting gays and being against equality.
    If you turned against every community that has one idiot who is bigoted toward others, then you would be against everybody.
    It's better to be FOR respect and fairness for everyone. The bigots (who can be from any and every group) are the only ones who don't deserve the rights they enjoy, riding on the coattails of fair-minded people who have created a better world for everyone.

    Posted by: GregV | Jul 3, 2013 8:57:13 PM

  9. I fully support trans* people. Its disturbing how some of you talk about our "T" allies, they face transphobia everyday and imagine transitioning genders or being genderqueer where people look at you strange every day of your life inquiring about your gender. Show some compassion. I'm ashamed that some of you would treat someone like this.

    Posted by: Joe Allen | Jul 3, 2013 10:11:59 PM

  10. @JoeAllen: I imagine several of the anti-trans comments are from one person under several names. The hatred always comes out on any T thread, and the comments are usually almost identical to one another. Gay people thinking of T as being "those people/other/freaks/not us" are coming from the same place that anti-gay bigots are coming from, threatened by people they think, irrationally, are coming to steal their rights. Of course there is a lot of overlap between LGB and T issues, some are just too narrow-minded to understand this or understand our common humanity. And, sure, some T people are aholes, just as some L's,G's, and B's are. Judging a whole group by your lousy experience with one is like a straight person writing off all gay people because some gay guy was rude to them.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 3, 2013 11:37:19 PM

  11. The comments on trans* articles on here are always so gross and obviously the work of one or two people making comments under a bunch of different names. It's unbelievable people have the nerve to even say trans* people are hijacking our movement when they've been an integral part of it from the very beginning. If you want to throw our trans* allies under the bus after all of this time in a sick attempt to prioritize your rights over theirs, you have no concept of what equality actually is.

    Posted by: JMC | Jul 3, 2013 11:44:43 PM

  12. No one is free until we are all free. Leave the small and close minded world to the haters. Be part of an idea where it doesn't matter who you choose to love, whom you choose to marry, what sexual identity you are, whether you see yourself not as others or tradition would assume. We who have gained something right and just must share the battle with those who have not yet achieved as much. Since when have allies always expected the exact same goals, the exact same outcome, been of the exact same people/culture/mind. We are all different, that is the beauty of our cause and why we will win, together.

    Posted by: StevyD | Jul 3, 2013 11:49:44 PM

  13. Some people are just focusing on the trans part of the person and forgetting that they're people too. Why the automatic backlash from some? One world, one people. It's as simple as that.

    Posted by: Martin | Jul 3, 2013 11:53:17 PM

  14. @Ernie I couldn't agree more. Every group has assholes, but its in horrid taste to judge an entire group on the actions of a few. I applaud your rationality and calmness.

    Posted by: Joe Allen | Jul 4, 2013 12:25:54 AM

  15. This sounds like a whitewashing of Pride Toronto's relationship with the trans march. Just google "Toronto trans march 2013" and you'll see things aren't as they seem.

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 4, 2013 1:31:09 AM

  16. As a Torontonian I can say I understand the desire of some Trans* people to not include the police, although the relationship between the police and the LGBT community has improved significantly over recent years, it is far from perfect. I went and watched the Trans* march as I have friends who were marching in it. To me the notion that they are not part of our community is undignified. Although not every issue in the LGBTQ spectrum is shared by all groups, for the other letters to throw one out, because we can see a breakthrough for LGBT rights on the horizon, in the vain hope it will speed up our equality faster without them (for some complainers) means we are shameful as those that would deny us our rights in the first place.

    Posted by: Scott mcg | Jul 4, 2013 1:36:26 AM

  17. It is unfortunate that the "T" movement has been so thoroughly ensconced into the LGB rights cause. The two really do have nothing to do with each other, and while adding themselves to the LGB movement gave clout to the trans community that they otherwise would not have had, the reactions from the trans community to any progress that didn't specifically include them has been abhorrent. The reaction of trans activists to the passing of gay marriage in New York was disappointing to say the least, and since the trans community does not feel it is necessary to support the gay community, I wonder why we put so much effort into supporting them.
    And for the people saying that "trans" people were part of the movement from the they weren't. I am old enough to remember Stonewall, and that wasn't "trans" anything, those were good old fashioned drag queens. GAY men who happened to dress up and decide to not take anymore crap. The only "trans" we had at the time was a transvestite, which at the time referred to a straight man who like to cross dress, and they had nothing to do with the movement.

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 4, 2013 8:11:14 AM

  18. Oh man you guys, one of Towleroad's transphobic pricks was even at Stonewall!

    Posted by: JMC | Jul 4, 2013 9:16:51 AM

  19. I am horrified by the awful things being said against the trans community, and I would expect a more open mind from a member of another oppressed community. LGBTs belong together because we are all sexual minorities. In one way or another we all defy the gender binary. And ya know what Ls, Gs, Bs, and Ts can all learn a helluva lot from each other if they actually bother to make friends outside their own demographic.

    Posted by: Top to Bottom | Jul 4, 2013 10:40:25 AM

  20. I'm going out on a limb and say most of the anti-trans posts are being made by one or two trans persons themselves, who're trying to stir up sh*t. It's very important to keep the masses radicalized. You don't want them to stray from the plantation. Make sure they know how hated they are and what a dangerous world it is.

    I'd like to go to Toronto Pride someday, but I fear I'd meet Little Kiwi and spend the rest of my life in a Canadian prison.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 4, 2013 11:47:41 AM

  21. @Top to Bottom -

    Your comment lies about LGBs and Ts and only proves that LGBT is insulting to both groups.

    Ts are not "sexual minorities". Trans is not a sexuality. It is about gender identity. Trans people are gender minorities. In order to force them into the LGBT construct, you had to misrepresent what they are.

    LGBs do not challenge the "gender binary." Ls are women. Gs are men. Bs are men or women. You are not something other than a man or a woman just because you are LGB. That has been the message of the gay movement for 40 years. In order to force them into the LGBT construct, you had to lie and misrepresent what LGBs are.

    When you have to lie about LGBs and Ts in order to justify LGBT, then LGBT isn't worth keeping.

    Posted by: Anne | Jul 4, 2013 12:04:21 PM

  22. Top to Bottom,

    I agree with you. I too, as a gay man, am dismayed at the negative comments made in response to this post. I was at the Pride Parade, and the trans march represented a portion, like any other of the larger pride parade. No need to be divisive to others who are different. It is hypocritical.

    Posted by: Rafa | Jul 4, 2013 12:29:15 PM

  23. the great news:

    gay people and straight people turned out in incredible numbers to support and cheer on our Trans brothers and sisters.

    my parents proudly marched alongside them.

    as for the anti-Trans comments? it's just one pathetic insecure wimp of a man, posting under various screen names.

    we're stronger when we stand together. Toronto understands this.

    rock on!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 4, 2013 12:46:16 PM

  24. if you wanna find the most pathetic wimps in the gay male community, look no further than anti-trans gay men.

    they're hard to spot, however, as they're not just in closets, they're under rocks INSIDE closets.

    you show me a strong empowered anti-trans gay man and i'll show you a unicorn.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 4, 2013 12:51:37 PM

  25. So proud to march with my trans sisters! Didn't even mind that there were so many addicts and hookers around. And for heaven's sake girls, learn how to tuck properly! LOL! Anyways, even though half of them looked like escaped mental patients, they still werked.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 4, 2013 2:30:59 PM

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