Victoria Pea (cookie_pantos) wrote in itscalledpride,
Victoria Pea
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Pride! 09 in Toronto

Hello people!

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.
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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:

Girl: Spankings?
Cam: No thanks
Me: Sorry
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)
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