Some two hundred people marched down West Pender Street this afternoon (August 1) in the hope of creating a space for members of Vancouver’s LGBT community who might not have felt comfortable marching in the city’s much larger, annual parade that happened in the West End the day before.
In an interview at Victory Square Park just before the march set off, one of the event’s organizers, Imtiaz Popat, explained the Two Spirit Queers, Trans, Intersexed, and Bisexual People of Colour Pride March, or 2SQTIBIPOC Pride for short, was simply about making an alternative safe space.
“With all the controversy, all the racist backlash post-Orlando, post-Black Lives Matter’s demand to not have police there [at the Vancouver Pride parade], and the reaction on social media, I just didn’t feel like being at the parade,” he said. “And I wasn’t the only one. Many people feel the same way.”