Tuesday, June 22, 2010

TORONTO: G20 Protesters Stage 'Kiss-in' for Gay and Disabled Rights

"G20 protesters took to the streets of Toronto on Tuesday to rally for gay and disabled people's rights. Syed Hussan, a spokesman for the Toronto Community Mobilization Network, says activists staged a fun-filled roving kiss-in near the Eaton Centre," reports Canadian Press. "The protest is over what organizers feel is an erosion of gay rights in the past year in Canada and other G20 countries. Toronto Community Mobilization Network is upset at what they say is the increased corporatization of Toronto’s Pride festivities and barriers facing gay and lesbian immigrants to Canada. They are also unhappy the Ontario government withdrew a new sex-education curriculum in Ontario after parents and religious groups objected. Among other things, that curriculum would have introduced Ontario students to the concept of same-sex families in Grade 3. Hussan called the G8 and G20 illegitimate bodies that are non-representative of women, gay and disabled communities, and said they should be abolished."