"While a lot of the parade admittedly felt frustrating and alienating for us, the sentence “wow, this feels like an exercise in futility” actually being exchanged between the co-authors on more than one occasion, we really did enjoy the energy of our flamin’ and ragin’ cohorts. Throughout the march, we shouted several different slogans, such as, “No! One! No one is illegal!”, “Harper nous fait la guerre / Les queers en colère!” and “Police partout! Justice nul part!”. Those may sound like your every-rally slogans, but rest assured – there was a lot more lisp involved. These chants were belted out with gusto as we attempted to publically repoliticize Pride by making connections between diverse queers struggles, including the on-going fortification of borders, the criminalization & incarceration of (coloured, poz, trans-, disabled, marginalized) bodies, police brutality, the medicalization of trans- identitied, and violence targeting queer bodies in our everyday lives."
- jesse grass and nathalie gray - Werking For Ourselves | Coop média de Montréal
this is one of the best articles i’ve read in a while about the commercialization of pride… sadly it also reminds me that pride in québec city is on sept 3rd and i probably won’t participate because i don’t feel like there are enough queers to fuck shit up with.