Queer Muslims and Latinx Queers say they won't walk in Vancouver Pride parade
They're part of a different march that is taking place in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, which has opposed VPD members walking in the annual parade.

Black Lives Matter Vancouver has two new allies in what appears to be a dispute with organizers of the Vancouver Pride parade.

Queer Muslims and Latinx Queers have announced that they won’t participate in the annual event, which takes place in Vancouver’s West End next Sunday (July 31).

Instead, they’ll march in what’s being billed as the “Two Spirit Queers, Trans, Intersexed, and Bisexual People of Colour Pride March” next Monday (August 1).

Pride organizers have rejected Black Lives Matter Vancouver’s demand that Vancouver police not be allowed to march in the Pride parade.

Queer Muslims and Latinx Queers say they’re boycotting the annual Pride parade “in solidarity with Black Lives Matter”, according to a statement issued by 2SQTIBIPOC Pride march organizer Imtiaz Popat.

Underlying the issue is a claim by Queer Muslims and Latinx Queers that unlike other queer organizations, they were not invited to speak to city council about how to respond to the massacre in Orlando.

“Then the Mayor met with Black Lives Matter, but again the rest of the Queers of Colour organizations were not invited,” the statement declared. “Queer Muslims and Latinx Queers were profoundly affected by the events of Orlando, yet we have been forgotten in this process. We met with Pride organizers after the Vigil they had organized at the Vancouver Art Gallery and suggested that we need to have some sort of an inclusive healing ceremony at Pride. But Pride too has forgotten us in this process.”

The 2SQTIBIPOC Pride march will start at 1 p.m. next Monday (August 1) with a gathering at Victory Square. From there, participants will march east along Pender Street to Main Street before turning left toward CRAB Park, where a healing circle will take place.

Mark admitted that they can’t make a villain LGBT because then viewers will associate LGBT people with villainy.

However, Moriarty is far from straight in this adaptation. “Playing gay” in TGG? - yeah, alright, sure, IF he’s pretending to be gay, he’s still bi or attracted to men sexually because it’s shown almost every time we see him on screen. Homosexuality is a big part of Moriarty’s character, especially him in Sherlock’s psyche.

A better way to understand the very reasonable claim Mark made at the panel today is to acknowledge that he feels comfortable making villains LGBT if he has heroes that are also LGBT. They have to off-set each other so the audience doesn’t stereotype.

Moriarty and Irene are both LGBT characters in Sherlock and they’re both villains. Somehow, to live up to Mark’s very-reasonable claim, this show is going to have to portray two LGBT main characters as heroes or Mark (as an openly gay man) will be doing himself a disservice.

Anyone fancy a guess as to who that’s going to be?

“There’s a scene, late in the movie, with Kate McKinnon, that made me feel like I’ve never felt at a movie before. (No, it wasn’t the vibrating chair talking, this was real.) I should confess: Some of this is personal. My favorite character, in any big action-ensemble movie, is always the demolitions guy: the mad scientist, the weapons expert, the damage-dealer, the one who just wants to see stuff blow up. I say “demolitions guy” because he’s always a guy; they never cast the mad scientist or gun nut as a woman. But in this movie, he’s Kate McKinnon.

So she gets the scene these guys always get, in a movie like this. She has a wonderful new toy. The film slows down. She starts moving, and sure enough, she just starts unleashing raw havoc everywhere.

Something in my chest opened up. This is it, I realized. This is the thing I never got to see before. The scene where the demolitions guy is a girl. I was right: It actually does feel different when it’s a girl. This must be how guys feel every time they watch one of these movies. This is it, the version that’s for me, the scene I always wanted, and it’s here.

I don’t know what that feeling was, or how to describe it. But here’s the best way I can: For all the talk about “childhoods,” I got exactly 30 seconds in that movie where I felt like I was 8 years old again. Except that it was better than being 8 years old. It was like being 8 years old would have been, if the world had been fair.

I didn’t realize the political implications until I was out of the theater. I didn’t realize that this was also an openly queer actress, playing a more-or-less openly queer character (and we could do with more “more” and less “less,” Sony), that it might have hit other people in the audience even harder than it hit me, and for that reason. I didn’t think about anything, except that a woman was getting the same big slo-mo blowing-shit-up scene a million guys have gotten, and that scene is awesome. I’ve always loved that scene. Women aren’t treated as a big boundary-breaking historic symbol of progress and equality, in this movie. They’re treated like people.

And then you go out into the real world, where thousands of people are trying to hurt Leslie Jones on Twitter, and everyone hates Ghostbusters again. The same world you went into Ghostbusters to escape. But you can escape it, for a little while, in that theater. There’s a reason we need movies like these, after all.”

– Sady Doyle, These Times

“I’m incredibly excited to announce that I will be addressing the Democratic National Convention on Thursday! I hope I do folks proud! Huge gratitude to the Congressional LGBT Caucus for inviting me to join them on stage! #DemConvention#DemsInPhilly”

As seen on Sarah McBride’s Facebook page


So this is my little sister, she’s 10 years old. She was born a he but ever since she could talk has said that she wants to be a girl and today my best friend and I bought her her first actual outfit as a girl with my dad’s permission and we surprised her with her outfit and recorded her reaction. It was super cute. @mornings-of-gold