Thursday, June 29, 2006

Ottawa: Triangle Trash Plans a Radical Takeback of Pride

Triangle Trash a group of radical queer anti-discrimination activists are planning a take-back of Pride in Ottawa to its roots. There has been division within the Queer community over the use of corporate sponsorship during Pride. Ottawa Pride has generally had a lot less due to its size in comparison to large Pride festivals such as Toronto.

The Ottawa-Gatineau Pride committee over the past few years has run itself into the ground financially despite some corporate sponsorship and will only be able to continue by getting funding from the city, which has already once been denied, and by changing Pride from a free event to admission only to curb their $150,000 debt. Other festivals such as the Tulip festival have been granted $100,000 from the city and the Franco-Ontarien festival received $50,000, but it is unlikely the Pride Committee will receive funding.

Triangle Trash has pulled on this opportunity in order to bring Pride more back to its roots of being more a free protest. They will be meeting next week to plan a free non-corporate pride, their call-out is here. The idea would reintroduce the highly political element that Pride comes from which was marches and protests for Queer rights as well as having a party alongside it.

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3 Comments:

Blogger DJN said...

That's a really interesting post. Just yesterday I was listening to a talk "The Rise of Pink Capitalism" available online, here:

http://www.themightyowl.com/marxism2005/the-rise-of-pink-capitalism-pete-morgan.mp3
http://www.themightyowl.com/marxism2005/the-rise-of-pink-capitalism-discussion-pete-morgan.mp3

2:13 PM  
Blogger Jade said...

Thank you for that. I'm listening to it now. Its quite interesting so far, unfortuately he doesn't talk about trans issues at all. Then again trans issues are only now coming to the fore.

3:41 PM  
Blogger DJN said...

Yeah, that's its weakness, but I suppose it's a good starting point. I listened to Alex's talk a week ago and it was fantastic. I'm thinking of editing it and cleaning it up and putting in online somewhere.

6:21 PM  

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