Who Wants Pizza?
If you said no, you’re either lying or you don’t eat gluten. Either way, that’s annoying. We should use pizza as a Turing test; because desiring it probably means that there is some sort of pure, heroic, human heart beating somewhere near your salivation. Although we could probably use pizza to test someone’s humanity, the process of ordering can also test a person’s sense of fair play.
Ordering pizza is an opportunity in team building. Toppings and sauces are discussed and agreed upon, perhaps wings or crazy bread are ordered if there’s some extra change on the table. And If you don’t have cash, you might be offered a slice, but it’s well within everyone’s right to refuse you if you’re the person who always seems to be conveniently missing when the doorbell rings.
This is the reason why it was totally justified that Vancouver Pride banned political party from their parade.
The Trans Equality Pledge
Vancouver Pride has barred the B.C. Liberals from participating in the aforementioned parade, due to their refusal to sign a “Trans Equality Pledge.” The pledge has ten major points, ranging from increased funding for the “demonstrable [needs]” of the gender-variant, to the removing barriers that come with changing gender on government documents.
The B.C. Liberals have come out publicly, however, against the sixth point of the document, which asks that a specific clause be added to protect transgender and gender variant individuals under B.C.’s human rights commission. The pledge’s reasoning stands that transgender individuals experience a disproportionate amount of discrimination, and that “Canada needs equal protection for Transgender and Gender-Variant Canadians now, at all levels of government.”
The response from the B.C. liberals, however, is that “The Human Rights Code is interpreted to include transgender persons,” with Justice Minister Suzanne Anton declaring the issue “crystal clear” in the eyes of the law.
However, a reading of the B.C. Human Rights Commission reveals that although “sex” and “sexual orientation” are mentioned specifically; gender, gender identity, or gender variance are not specifically enshrouded anywhere within the document.
In this way, it seems that the crux of the issue is that Pride and the Pledge do not believe that the document is clear enough in it’s language to protect transgender identities, and the B.C. Liberals believe the document is clear enough for adequate protection, as it currently is.
A Political Move
The reactions to the ban has been mixed. Some believe that this was an underhanded move on the part of pride organizers, having taken an event which historically symbolizes inclusiveness, and used it as a method to further an agenda.
However, Pride has existed throughout history with its main purpose to further an agenda: ensuring rights and protection for the Queer community. If Vancouver Pride believes the party is acting as an obstacle for this goal, it’s completely within their right to refuse their participation. Note, the Liberals are not barred from attending as individuals; they simply cannot attend the event as an organization.
Pride and Pizza
Pride is one of the most wonderful events a person can attend. It’s unique, it opens itself to anyone and everyone, and can be enjoyed in so many different ways. I’d even place it on the same pedestal I've put my first and one true love: pizza.
For too long, allies of the community have been like that one friend you might have: they always seem to be around when the beers get busted out, but are suspiciously absent when it’s time to pay for pizza. Vancouver Pride is the first in a long line in demanding their allies put their money where their mouth is when it’s time to cut a slice.