Ottawa queers chant: Pride is for all, tear down the wall!

September 8, 2009

Over 30 Ottawa Queers and Allies were present in the ”Queers Against Apartheid – From Canada to Israel” contingent in the Capital Pride parade last Sunday. Taking to the streets with support from groups such as Agitate!, the Association of Palestinian Arab Canadians, Independent Jewish Voices- National, Queer Faction, the Ontario Public Interest Research Group -Ottawa, Indigenous People’s Solidarity Movement, Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights, Students Against Israeli Apartheid and many others, the contingent marched in solidarity with indigenous people in ”Canada” as well as Palestinians resisting Israeli apartheid. While marching down Wellington street, past Parliament Hill, many crowd members could be heard joining in the chants of ”Pride is for all – tear down the wall”, ”less occupation, more masturbation”, ”tear down the wall, tear off your clothes” and ”B!D!S!M!”. Some supporters in the crowd even brought Palestinian flags. Earlier in the summer a letter was circulated around Ottawa defending the place of queer Palestinian solidarity activists to take part in pride events. Now, after a summer that saw an important presence of queers against apartheid in Toronto, Montréal and Ottawa, it is clear that we have carved out an important space for ourselves, both in the struggle for Palestinian human rights, as well as in the LGBT community.