Companies consistently take advantage of what’s “in,” whether its body positivity, mental health, or gay rights, and at the end of the day, they are the only ones who profit. The LGBTQ+ community, as with other minority groups, deserve more than a weekend to celebrate their right to exist in the world.
We need to demand that Capital Pride acts as a platform to lift injustice from the shadows, educate the public, and put civil rights back to the forefront of political discourse.
ONE OF OTTAWA’S most colourful parades took place on Aug. 25, wrapping up the weeklong Capital Pride Festival. For the first time in nearly a decade, the parade route stretched down Bank Street, through Ottawa’s gay village, and ended at Marion Dewar Plaza at City Hall.