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Chief of Police
Toronto Police Service
40 College Street
Toronto ON M5G 2J3
10 April 2013
Dear Chief Blair,
re: Pride Toronto Trans Pride/Trans March
Following two town hall meetings for Toronto's trans communities, we are writingon behalf of the Board of Directors of Pride Toronto to express our disappointment and objection to the rejection of Pride Toronto's notice of intention to hold the Trans March on Yonge Street on Friday, June 28, 2013.
We acknowledge and appreciate the support of the Toronto Police Service, theCity of Toronto and its agencies, boards, and commissions for Pride Toronto'sannual activities. The Toronto Police Service and City of Toronto are importantpartners in ensuring that Pride Toronto is able to deliver one of the city'ssignature summer events, serving diverse communities and supporting the city'seconomy (1.22 million participants and an economic impact of $214 million in2012). The trans communities have nevertheless been clear with Pride Torontoabout the importance of a Yonge Street march, comparable to the Dyke Marchon Saturday and the Pride Parade on Sunday.
Pride Toronto has explained that although it supports the Yonge Street march inprinciple, it has been unable to secure the necessary logistical support from theToronto Police Service and City of Toronto. In recent years, Pride Toronto hasrequested Yonge Street for the Friday evening march, and upon being advisedthat it will not be supported, has opted to organize the march on Church Streetinstead.This year, as requested by trans community participants at two public town hallmeetings, Pride Toronto has chosen not to organize a Trans March at all as aresult of the request for Yonge Street being denied, but to use its resources to