Sunday was the TO pride parade! Yay! I skipped out on marching in the Dyke March on saturday, since it costs me a fair bit to get into TO and I can't afford it while on student-welfare...but did anyone else in the GTA go? Do you have pictures if you did?
As for the parade itself- I sadly didn't get to see much. I planned on being 2 hours early with my friends so we could get a good spot...but they showed up an hour and a half late then wanted to hang out with other people who've treated me poorly in the past. I left the group but was too uncomfortable with having to fight a crowd of people to see. I spent most of the time at the various booths. I did get to see this great group marching in support of those in Palestine, so huzzah for that!
How have other cities Pride Festivals been? Next year (when I can drink) I intend on going to a lot more than just the parades during the week.
However, something rather upsetting did happen at the parade. Me and my two friends Kevin (who I'm sort of dating, and had been dating for over a year before some drama happened there. LONG story) and Cameron were walking by the booths when a girl with a spank-paddle came up to us asking if we wanted spankings. We all denied, but here's what happened:
Cam: No thanks
Kev: No. Just no.
Girl: Oh? That's too bad *spanks Kevin on the bum*
Kev: No! *take paddle away and puts down on bench*
Holy shit, where do people get off invading space like that? No means no, even when you're feeling good about yourself, Girl. I find this is happening a lot more than I like around people who also identify as queer, when in groups. Does anyone else have experience with this sort of thing?
(I've posted this to both dyke_riot and itscalledpride)