Ever since the 2017 ban of OPP officials at Toronto Pride, the debate has been constant. Do we want OPP representation in LGBTQ events? While some members in the LGBTQ & alliance community feel that OPP officers threaten their securities & rights. Some feel their presence is absolutely essential. On 9/28/2017 Seneca Pride faculty proposed an OPP guest speaker to Seneca Pride. On 9/29/2017 it was quickly dismissed!
“I feel absolutely upset that we aren’t opening our doors to OPP Representatives, I think a LGBTQ/Race dialogue is very important and repairing our relationship in this community is essential for purposes of career networking, expressing security concerns & working through misunderstandings.”
What is the problem?
“We need to stop relying on the news to paint an objective picture of our law enforcement when all they do is offer entertainment or tragedy! Although this incident is one of terrible tragedy we need to recognize a number of differences in geography, regulation and training. This simply was not a valid point in showing the colors of Ontario Law Enforcement because it is not even Law enforcement!
If anyone from the OPP is interested in connecting with me about repairing LGBTQ Community perceptions of Police. Please contact me at Ashtonderoy@gmail.com
Alana Skye Says “I don’t mean to offend anyone because I can see how it’s a sensitive subject but I agree with you… there isn’t a reason why we shouldn’t support the OPP. Sure there is going to be a couple of cases where maybe people in an authoritative stance are oppressive to certain ethnicity or the LGBT community..