Non LGBT Community Members Cause Havoc
A contentious Halifax Pride Society meeting resulted in BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of Colour) walking out after voting results.
During the Annual General meeting of Halifax Pride a group of cisgender straight people voted down motions by the LGBTQ2+ people, leading to the walkout. Halifax Pride Society allows anybody to register for the meeting and vote. There was an overwhelming majority of straight cisgender people there and accusations were made that the straight cisgender people were silencing queer people by voting down motions.
The meeting resulted in another motion being voted down as a result. The motion put forward by the Queer Arabs of Halifax on Pink-washing was defeated.
“ The AGM has raised serious issues, issues our community has ignored for far too long. We can and should look to our history, our Elders, and our survivors for guidance and for examples of action divorced from self-interest ” writes Hugo Dann.
Dearly loved Queer/Trans Communities, family and friends!
“Let’s all pause for a moment and take a deep breath and, before we do anything else, let’s all acknowledge that, despite what we may have heard in the media, the current conflict in our community of communities is far from being the greatest crisis we have faced in 25 years”.
“We survived The Great Shirtlessness Debate , we’ll survive this too. We may even discover that this crisis is the opportunity we need to make our communities and organizations more sustainable, inclusive and community service oriented than they’ve ever been before”.
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Message From Halifax Pride
The Halifax Pride Society Board of Directors wholeheartedly and unreservedly apologizes for the role we played in causing considerable pain to members of our community, specifically the Queer Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (QBIPOC) community.
Over the past year, as volunteers on this Board, we have worked hard to, above all else, create a Halifax Pride Society that is inclusive, welcoming and safe. Despite the best intentions and our best efforts, we have failed.
To the best of our abilities, we have attempted to represent the many views of our community. We recognize our positions of privilege and the vast responsibility placed upon us. Each of us takes seriously our duty to help produce a pride festival that is: Accessible to all; Fiscally responsible; Rewarding for all who participate, and Reflects and celebrates the best of the LGBT2Q+ community and culture in Halifax and throughout Nova Scotia.
Let us be clear, we are unwavering in our commitment to produce a pride festival that is accessible to all.
Read more from Halifax Pride here: http://halifaxpride.com/message-from-halifax-pride/