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Pride Toronto votes against police participation in 2019 Pride parade

Last Updated Jan 23, 2019 at 5:44 am EDT

Members of the Toronto Police Service dance to the Village People's song "YMCA" during the annual Pride Parade at Yonge and Dundas streets in Toronto on July 3, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Hudson

Pride Toronto has voted against allowing police participation in the 2019 Pride parade.

The vote that took place on Tuesday night was a close one, with members voting 163 to 161 against having uniformed officers march in the annual event.

Toronto police officers have been banned from participating in the parade for the last two years.

Gary Kinsman from the No Pride in Policing Coalition told CityNews the results of Tuesday’s vote were initially meant to be binding for two years. However, during the meeting it was clarified that the vote would stand until Pride Toronto members choose to vote on the issue again.

Kinsman said in order to be a voting member, potential members must have volunteered with the Pride organization or pay a $10 fee and wait 60 days for membership to be activated. He claims the organization accepted 244 new members over the last few weeks.

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