From the Hamilton Pride Organizers:
Please be advised that the Hamilton Pride Rally that was originally scheduled to take place at Hamilton City Hall at 71 Main St. West on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 10:30am to 12:30pm will now be held at Corktown Park next to Ferguson Ave S. between Young St. and Forest Ave. in downtown Hamilton. The rally will be followed by a march and a party in the park. All other Hamilton Pride 2017 Pride Events are going ahead as originally scheduled. Join us in celebrating Pride!
STATEMENT FROM HAMILTON PRIDE REGARDING CHANGE IN LOCATION OF HAMILTON
PRIDE RALLY ON SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017:
Hamilton Pride has relocated the 2017 rally from City Hall because it would overlap
with a protest in support of Islamophobia and discrimination planned by the hate
groups, Soldiers of Odin and the Canadian Combat Coalition.
We refuse to share space with hate groups.
To ensure everyone’s safety and because this protest violates our anti-oppressive
mandate and the spirit of Pride, we have moved the rally to Corktown Park. The fascist protest in support of Islamophobia has been called to oppose a recent federal bill, M-103 that was passed in February 2017. The bill condemns all forms of discrimination including those of a religious basis against Muslim people. Hamilton Pride reiterates its opposition to Islamophobia and other forms of discrimination against the people who make up our communities.
We remember our history and join a long line of LGBTQ2S+ people and communities
who have opposed fascism and hate.
In Germany from 1933 to 1945, Adolph Hitler’s Nazi government arrested, persecuted
and murdered millions of people including Jewish people, Polish people, Soviet POWs,
political dissidents, Communists, Socialists, trade unionists, Sinti and Roma Peoples, the
mentally and physically disabled, Freemasons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, sex workers, and
people of colour. Also targeted, gay men, approximately 100,000 of whom were arrested for the “crime” of homosexuality. Roughly half of those arrested were sentenced to prison, with an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 men sent to concentration camps. Gay men forced into concentration camps wore a pink triangle as identification and lesbians were made to wear a black triangle. Historians assess the death rate of gay male prisoners in the camps to be as high as 60 percent. Nazi policies against gay men were more than an assault on individuals. The Nazi regime destroyed the world’s first equal rights movement for gays and lesbians, as well as the openly queer social world that thrived in pre-World War II German cities. It would take decades for a new queer rights movement to emerge, and even longer for the truth about the Nazi persecution of homosexuals to be uncovered.
As of May 19, 2017 total of 72 countries have criminal laws against sexual activity by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people, according to a tally by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, or ILGA. You can
find out more at 76crimes.com/76-countries-where-homosexuality-is-illegal/.
Fascist groups across the globe continue to target people for being LGBTQ+, Jewish,
black, differently-abled, communist, anarchist, or dissident.
To this day we wear the pink and black triangles to remember this history. These
triangles were worn by those attacked because of their sexual orientation and
gender identity but now are a symbol of our strength and pride.
Happy Pride! Join Us! End Hate Now!
FOR MORE INFO ABOUT HAMILTON PRIDE 2017, TO BE A HAMILTON PRIDE 2017 SPONSOR, OR TO HAVE A BOOTH AT THE HAMILTON PRIDE 2017 FESTIVAL CONTACT …
MAIL: Hamilton Pride 2017, c/o The AIDS Network 101-140 King St. E., Hamilton, ON, L8N 1B2
BENT Q HAMILTON PRIDE LISTINGS: http://bentq.ca/category/hamilton-pride/