Mazel Tov LGBT Center, Shame on Christine C. Quinn et al

First the good news: Welcome back to the 21st century NYC LGBT Center! The Center just posted a statement overturning their absurd two-year ban on allowing Israel-Palestine related programming, which led to the barring of renowned lesbian thinker Sarah Schulman. Now it’s time to write director Glennda Testone (glennda@gaycenter.org) a note of congratulations for finally [...]

No Free Speech in Canada? Banning “Israeli Apartheid” at Toronto Pride

Canada’s Gay and Lesbian Newspaper, Xtra reports on 9/11/12: Toronto City Council’s executive committee has asked the city manager to rewrite the city’s anti-discrimination policy to prohibit criticism of Israel, which would directly affect funding for Pride Toronto. Council requested the review in June because some councillors say Pride Toronto’s $123,807 city grant should be contingent on [...]

Pinkwashing: Listen to Elle Flanders, Cecilie Surasky on WBAI, Healing the Gay-Jewish Divide

New York’s WBAI Gay Pride 2010 programming: Listen to Jewish Voice for Peace Deputy Director Cecilie Surasky explain Pinkwashing and Brand Israel and Canadian filmmaker and activist Elle Flanders on efforts to censor “Israeli apartheid”. If you have been following the story, you know that Pride Toronto, the LGBTQI group that puts on Toronto’s annual [...]

Under pressure, Pride Toronto reverses censorship of “Israeli apartheid”

We’ve written extensively about the pressure campaign led in part by Canada’s B’nai Brith to ban the group Queers United Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) from all Pride Toronto events including the LGBTQI pride parade, the Dyke and Trans marches. B’nai Brith boasted in a May press release: B’nai Brith Canada has contacted the organizers of [...]

LGBT leaders in open rebellion against Pride Toronto for censoring 2 words: “Israeli Apartheid”

Gay pride parades (now evolved into LGBTQ and straight ally parades) were originally created to give gays and lesbians a way to defy shame, embrace free speech, and fight an unjust status quo. And now in Toronto? No longer. On June 7, over 20 high-level past and present awardees and grand marshals left their statuettes [...]

The Israel Lobby’s Smear Campaign and Toronto Gay Pride

Are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities the next battle ground for the struggle over Palestinian equal rights? They certainly are in San Francisco, where this month’s controversial Out in Israel festival seeks in part to erase the occupation by promoting Israel as a gay mecca, and in Toronto, where a nasty smear campaign [...]