That's right, @PrideToronto, an event based on *riots against police*, forbid everyone in the program from disturbing the peace or using disruptive behaviour!!
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And then as the capstone, @PrideToronto also allows staff members (and whatever security they use) free reign to determine ANYTHING ELSE is a threat to safety or just to enjoyment of others.
If you were a fan of the strong overlap between LGBTQ+ communities and antifascist movements, sorry, @PrideToronto also won't let anyone cover their face, so anyone who masks up for political action can't do so here.
Also, it adds the tidbit that anything they confiscate from you because they deem it unsafe, @PrideToronto gets to keep! Private asset forfeiture!
-stop and frisk only applies to wristband holders, supposedly. To be fair to them this is largely required under Ontario law *if* we want Pride to have travel-drinking--which is a big if.
- they say any government ID is okay.
- "We appreciate that the rules seem overcautious. This is the first time we are doing this and will review it all."
-said the policies are due to prevalence of unchecked drinking issues at previous Prides. I absolutely believe this and sympathize that this is an issue that needs addressing, even if this way sucks
If they try to throw someone out, yell, cause a scene. They can take all of us or none of us.
If this is the extent of it (buy wristband, get ID age check and bag checked, everyone trained in anti-O, lots of volunteers around to help with complaints/concerns) then I think this seems like maybe a decent way to handle the program?