For the second consecutive year, the protest group Queers
Against Israeli Apartheid will march in Montreal's Gay Pride
Parade organizer Fierte Montreal Pride told the group that
organizers will have the final say on the acceptability of banners and
carried in the Aug. 15 parade, the Montreal Gazette reported.
Canada's League for Human Rights urged organizers and sponsors "to
themselves from the promotion of hate," and condemned the use of the
"Israeli apartheid." The gay Jewish group Ga'avah -- Hebrew for pride --
is also taking part in the parade, objected to the use of the term
but put free speech first.
"Promoting another agenda at Pride parades and
hijacking the spotlight is unfortunate and divisive for the LGBT
Ga'avah spokesman Carlos Godoy told the Gazette. He added, though, that
free society, we would be remiss to stop this or any other group from
our collective rights in Montreal." The situation contrasts starkly with
Toronto, where Queers Against Israeli Apartheid's participation in that
July 4 Gay Pride parade stirred months of controversy.
officials, responding to pressure from Jewish groups and local
originally disallowed the group from marching under its name, but they
the policy days before the parade.